• Fri. Jul 1st, 2022

Seven Flames players, three coaches and seven support staff enter COVID-19 protocol

CALGARY – Seven players, three coaches and seven support staff for the Calgary Flames are the latest members of the organization to be added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol roster.

The team, which have already had three games postponed due to the outbreak, said head coach Darryl Sutter, associate coach Kirk Muller and assistant coach Ryan Huska were on the roster.

In a Twitter post, the Flames also said that Rasmus Andersson, Byron Froese, Johnny Gaudreau, Erik Gudbranson, Trevor Lewis, Jacob Markstrom and Tyler Pitlick were the latest players to be added. Affected support staff have not been identified.

The additions brought Calgary’s number of players in the protocol to 16.

Noah Hanifin, Milan Lucic and Sean Monahan were added to the roster on Tuesday. Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, Brad Richardson, Adam Ruzicka, Chris Tanev, Nikita Zadorov and a member of the training squad were added on Monday.

Also on Wednesday, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron was added to the league’s protocol list, a day after teammate Brad Marchand was added.

More than 130 players were on the protocol roster this season, including more than 20 in the past two days.

Lately, several NBA teams have had to use shorthanded rosters with multiple players – including New York Knicks’ Canadian RJ Barrett and Toronto Raptors forward Precious Achiuwa – in health and safety protocols.

The Brooklyn Nets had seven players in protocol in Tuesday’s 131-129 overtime win over the visiting Raptors.

In the Ontario Hockey League, the Erie Otters suspended team activities on Wednesday after 13 players tested positive for COVID-19. The affected players were currently asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, the league said in a statement.

Two Erie games – Friday’s game in Guelph and Saturday’s home game against Kitchener – have been postponed.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press