Auston Matthews was one of the first players on the ice Sunday when the Maple Leafs returned to practice after the NHL’s extended vacation hiatus.
But it was a slim group, with 14 players on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
The good news: John Tavares, one of the first Leafs to be out for reasons related to the pandemic, returned to the ice along with Mitch Marner, who had been on long-term injured reserve. Marner looks set to play the Leafs’ next scheduled game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Scotiabank Arena.
Goalkeepers Jack Campbell and Petr Mrázek, however, remained out on Sunday. Joseph Woll and Ian Scott took care of the goalie duties in practice.
On the ice Sunday: forwards Matthews, Tavares, Marner, Pierre Engvall, Kyle Clifford, Nick Ritchie, Michael Bunting, Alex Steeves, Brett Seney, Ondrej Kaše and Joey Anderson; defenders Alex Biega, Carl Dahlstrom, Justin Holl, Filip Kral and Timothy Liljegren.
Coach Sheldon Keefe, who has been at the protocols, along with assistant Spencer Carbery and goalkeeping coach Steve Briere, was not available for practice.
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