Flames report no new cases amidst COVID outbreak

Dec 18 2021, 4:46 pm

The Calgary Flames reported zero additional players added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol Saturday morning, the first time since Sunday the list hasn’t expanded.

The Flames remain at 32 players, coaches and staff members currently in the protocol. 

The team, fully vaccinated, has been overwhelmingly asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, according to Flames Head Physician and Medical Director Dr. Ian Auld.

‚ÄúWe do have a few people, probably anywhere from four to six, and lots of cases are an evolution so things may change, but have had what I would call moderate symptoms‚Ķchills, fevers, fatigue‚Ķbut quite quick turning the corner within 36, certainly 48 hours,” Auld said via Zoom on Friday.¬†

‚ÄúSo overwhelmingly we‚Äôve seen mild disease, which is very reassuring for hopefully the world, but certainly us as a group.‚ÄĚ

The breakout includes cases of the Omicron variant.

In all, 19 players, three coaches, and nine support staff have reportedly been placed in the protocol this week, and the Flames have had all activities pushed back until after Christmas — including six games postponed.

Johnny Gaudreau, Milan Lucic, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Andrew Mangiapane, Mikael Backlund Dillon Dube, Brad Richardson, Adam Ruzicka, Byron Froese, Tyler Pitlick and Trevor Lewis, defensemen Chris Tanev, Oliver Kylington, Nikita Zadorov and Noah Hanifin, Rasmus Andersson, and Erik Gudbranson and goaltender Jacob Markstrom are in protocol.

Coaches Darryl Sutter, Kirk Muller, and Ryan Huska are as well.

Only Matthew Tkachuk, Dan Vladar, Blake Coleman, and Michael Stone remain off the list as of Saturday morning.

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