The team announced Thursday morning that hockey operations president Jim Rutherford had tested positive and was working from home during his quarantine.

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Jim Rutherford, the Vancouver Canucks’ president of hockey operations, has been placed into COVID-19 protocol.

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The team announced Thursday morning that Rutherford had tested positive and was working from home during his quarantine.

The Canucks are set to play the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday evening at Rogers Arena.

Dr. Brian Conway, president and chief medical officer of the Vancouver Infectious Diseases Center, said that there should be a cautious approach to dealing with the virus that is still circulating — especially the aggressive Omicron variant that doesn’t cause as severe symptoms as the Delta variant but remains a concern.

“Presumably, he’s vaccinated,” Dr. Conway said of Rutherford. “He needs to isolate himself for five days and should consider anti-viral treatment for COVID with Paxlovid at his age. He needs to be given it the first three to five days. Hopefully, his doctor will think of this. COVID is still around.”

— files from Ben Kuzma

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