Canucks and Leafs Add Players to COVID-19 Roster Ahead of Saturday’s Showdown

Capacity at Rogers Arena will drop to 50 percent after this weekend’s games against Toronto and Arizona. The Canucks can extend their winning streak to seven games with new coach Bruce Boudreau on Saturday.

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The Vancouver Canucks will seek their seventh straight win under new coach Bruce Boudreau on Saturday when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Arena, but they will do so without Tyler Motte.

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The forward has tested positive for COVID-19, joining Luke Schenn, Juho Lammikko Brad Hunt and Tucker Poolman, as well as assistant coach Jason King on the bench.

The news came shortly after the provincial government announced that it would reduce the size of meetings and events over the next six weeks in an effort to contain an expected rapid increase in cases due to the highly communicable COVID-19 Omicron variant. Starting Monday, all events at Rogers Arena and other venues with capacity for more than 1,000 people will be limited to 50 percent capacity.

Vancouver joins Toronto and Ottawa among Canadian teams now limiting their stadiums to 50 percent capacity, and the Montreal Canadiens allowed no fans Thursday night for their game with the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Additionally, the league has postponed all of its games in Calgary, Colorado and Florida until at least December 26.

The Canucks canceled their optional practice on Friday, having come home early Friday morning following a 5-2 win at San Jose on Thursday.

The Canucks called up defender Madison Bowey on Friday as insurance in case defender Guillaume Brisebois couldn’t play the Leafs. Guillaume, who was called up before Thursday’s game, suffered an undisclosed injury in the victory.

They still have room in the salary cap to call another player, but if they lost someone else to injury or COVID protocols, they would probably have to play with one less player due to their salary cap situation.


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Nearly 150 NHL players have been placed on COVID protocols this season despite nearly all players being vaccinated.

The Leafs canceled their practice at UBC on Friday after it was announced that Alex Kerfoot and Captain John Tavares had tested positive for COVID-19. The Leafs, who have been in Vancouver since Wednesday after their Thursday game in Calgary was postponed, had been able to avoid the virus until now.

The Flames suffered an outbreak of COVID-19 infections that has now affected all but two players on their roster and several coaches and staff off the ice. In the case of the Flames, the team confirmed that several of their cases had been sequenced as the fast-spreading Omicron variant.

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It is not known if any of the Canucks or Leafs cases are Omicron.

It remains to be seen if the Canucks and Leafs will see their game on hiatus.

The Canucks are scheduled to host the Arizona Coyotes on Sunday, but the Coyotes now have three players on the COVID-19 roster, including former Canuck Jay Beagle.

If the Canucks play both games this weekend, they’ll have two more games left before the Christmas break. They play Tuesday in San Jose, then return home for a game Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks.

For Thursday’s game, fans will now be required to have their vaccine passports digitally scanned prior to entering Rogers Arena as part of new regulations announced Friday by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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“With this highly transmissible variant, we need to have more space, more ventilation, and we need to make sure that we meet the mask wearing requirements that exist for these events. And make sure we are scanning QR codes for these events, ”Henry said.

Canucks President of Business Operations Michael Doyle acknowledged the reality of the situation.

“With the increase in COVID-19 cases in our community, we continue to work closely with local health authorities as we support each other to keep the community safe as the pandemic continues to evolve,” he said in a statement issued by the team.

It was still being worked out how tickets will be distributed while the team is under a capacity restriction.

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“Our ticket sales team is currently working on the logistics of this change and will contact our ticket holders directly as soon as possible. In the meantime, fans should keep their tickets, ”said Doyle.

“The health and safety of our fans, employees, players and the community has always been a priority and we will continue to enforce safety protocols for our Warriors game tonight and Canucks home games this weekend, including strict protocols. of wearing masks. We also encourage all fans to get vaccinated and follow provincial health orders in the coming days and weeks to help us all overcome this latest COVID-19 challenge. “

With files from The Canadian Press and Field Level Media

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