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Sports Effects of COVID-19 still a concern as another Vancouver Canucks game delay announced

04:35  17 april  2021
04:35  17 april  2021 Source:   cbc.ca

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From the start, Vancouver 's return-to- game timeline felt overly ambitious considering that 22 players had contracted COVID - 19 and none had played a game in three weeks. Head Coach Travis Green is also still recovering from the virus. Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko shoots a puck after the team's game against the Calgary Flames was postponed (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS). The first revamped schedule, announced this past weekend, had Vancouver playing 19 games in 31 nights. But with every passing day, concerns grew over player health and safety and whether the

VANCOUVER , British Columbia — The NHL has delayed the Vancouver Canucks ’ return to competition. The Canucks , who have not played a game since March 24 due to a COVID - 19 outbreak, had been scheduled to host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The league announced Thursday the team would not play that game and did not immediately set a new date for Vancouver 's return. The decision was made with input from the NHL Players’ Association and medical staff from teams, the NHL said. Before the league made the announcement , Vancouver forward J.T. Miller said it would be

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, left, stands beside head coach Travis Green. Both contracted COVID-19 in the outbreak that hit the team. © Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, left, stands beside head coach Travis Green. Both contracted COVID-19 in the outbreak that hit the team.

The captain of the Vancouver Canucks has a message for the masses: take COVID-19 seriously.

Bo Horvat, one of 21 Vancouver players recovering from the outbreak, said he unwittingly infected his wife with the virus. The couple's infant son Gunnar has not been tested.

"It hit her a little harder than it hit me. I'm one of the lucky ones, my symptoms were fairly mild... I got through them and am continuing to get through them," he said.

"I'm not going to lie, it was tough to know my family got it from me."

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VANCOUVER , British Columbia (AP) — The NHL has delayed the Vancouver Canucks ’ return to competition. The Canucks , who have not played a game since March 24 due to a COVID - 19 outbreak, had been scheduled to host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night. The league announced Thursday the team would not play that game and did not immediately set a new date for Vancouver ’s return. The decision was made with input from the NHL Players’ Association and medical staff from teams, the NHL said. Before the league made the announcement , Vancouver forward J.T. Miller said it would be

The Vancouver Canucks traded Adam Gaudette to Chicago for forward Matthew Highmore. Gaudette was the first Canucks player to be diagnosed with COVID - 19 . (Darryl Dyck/THE CANADIAN PRESS). Other guys are still feeling some residual effects of the COVID. The next step for them is to start working out, getting back on the ice and getting back into shape," he said, adding he was hopeful the full team would be back for Friday's game . Officials have confirmed a variant of the COVID - 19 virus is responsible for the Canucks outbreak, which is the largest in the NHL this season.

On Friday the NHL once again adjusted the Canucks schedule to give players more time to recover from their illnesses and a three-week layoff.

Vancouver returns to game play Sunday versus the Toronto Maple Leafs, with a repeat match up on Tuesday.

P1 variant confirmed

General manager Jim Benning confirmed the P1 Brazilian variant to be the cause of the outbreak. He also said the variant is why the Canucks were hit harder than other NHL teams that have dealt with COVID.


Video: Vancouver Canucks postpone Friday game to allow for more recovery following COVID-19 outbreak (Global News)

"What was different with our situation is with the regular COVID it seemed that after 10 days players were ready to get back on the ice and start working out and performing. But we had players that when they did that, they still had symptoms," he said.

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The Vancouver Canucks had 10 players skate Monday, their first day of team activity since an outbreak of a COVID - 19 variant paused their season for 11 days. Canucks general manager Jim Benning said they are on track to resume the 56- game regular-season schedule Friday at home against the Eight Vancouver games were postponed, including Monday and Wednesday at Edmonton. "Some guys feel really good and they're ready to go," Benning said. "Other guys are still feeling some residual effects of the COVID. But the next step for them is to start working out, getting on the ice and

The Vancouver Canucks return from their COVID - 19 outbreak has been halted – Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers has been postponed. The Canucks had a Zoom meeting with the NHLPA on Wednesday evening to discuss their return after forward J.T. Miller spoke out earlier in the day. The Canucks were set to hit the ice Thursday for their first team practice since a COVID - 19 outbreak swept through the group. Miller said it would be “very challenging and not very safe” for him and his teammates to play as scheduled on Friday because the team has not had enough time to recover and

Benning said the virus "buckled" some of the players, and that three or four regulars likely won't be ready when games resume.

Head coach Travis Green, who also contracted COVID-19, has yet to return to practices.

Originally, the Canucks were supposed to host Edmonton Friday night in their first game back.

But after forward J.T. Miller publicly questioned the wisdom of forcing games when so many on the team were still recovering, the schedule was delayed.

'Guys were not healthy'

"[J.T.] spoke on behalf of the team and it was needed. He basically got the ball rolling," said Horvat. "Guys were just not healthy enough to play.... I think a lot more guys will be ready to go on Sunday."

According to Horvat, no Canucks players have yet been vaccinated. That's in comparison to the majority of players on U.S. teams — and their family members — who have.

"It's a little bit of a slower rollout here in Canada. We've  got to get the essential workers done first," he said. "That's out of our control and I guess we have to wait our turn."

According to a Vancouver Coastal Health spokesman, the Vancouver Canucks organization does not qualify for the program of accelerated vaccinations to target workplace outbreaks because employees are not essential workers.

Benning said Canucks practices will remain closed to media for the time being to give recovering players some privacy.

"Some haven't been on the ice for three weeks," he said. "We don't want them to be judged."

COVID protocol-related absences: 04/25 .
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