Vancouver Canucks’ return to practice stalled due to COVID-19 protocols

Aug 23, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights players warm up at the center logo before game one of the second round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Gerry Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Canucks’ return to the ice was delayed by at least a day after another player was put in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

The Canucks haven’t played since March 24, with eight games postponed. They had been cleared to open their practice facility on Sunday, but that changed with the new development. Now, Monday is the target for reopening.

As of Thursday, 21 players had tested positive for the virus.

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In a statement Sunday, the league said the unidentified player hadn’t been around the team since March 31, but the medical staff of the league, players association and team “determined that the prudent decision was to keep the facilities closed for an additional day.”

The league said the Canucks still are on track to resume play Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.

As a result of the required makeup games, the NHL extended the end of the regular season until May 16.

–Field Level Media