Half the Leafs' opening night roster now out due to COVID-19

Dec 21 2021, 6:24 pm

Four more Toronto Maple Leafs players, plus a coach, have been added to COVID-19 protocol.

Rasmus Sandin, Ilya Mikheyev, David Kampf, and Petr Mrazek were added to the COVID list today, bringing Toronto’s total up to 11 players in just four days. Goaltending coach Steve Briere and a member of the team’s medical staff were also added to COVID-19 protocol, the Leafs announced today.

Half the Leafs’ opening night roster is now sidelined due to COVID-19, including both of their goalies (Mikheyev missed opening night due to an injury).

Other Leafs players currently in protocol include: John Tavares, Alex Kerfoot, Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, Travis Dermott, T.J. Brodie, and Jack Campbell. Players and staff that tested positive in Vancouver were flown back to Toronto in a private plane.

Nine of 10 games on the NHL schedule for tonight have been postponed, as have all games previously scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. The NHL plans to return to play on December 27, but there are sure to be more postponements coming.

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