Leafs cancel practice after Tavares and Kerfoot join COVID list

Dec 17 2021, 6:12 pm

COVID-19 has hit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

John Tavares and Alex Kerfoot have been placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol. The Leafs have cancelled their practice in Vancouver as a result for “precautionary reasons.”

“Maple Leafs players and travelling staff were tested yesterday in Vancouver, and the club was informed of the testing results early Friday morning,” the Leafs said in a media release. “All players and travelling staff will undergo additional testing today.”

The Leafs haven’t played since Tuesday in Edmonton, as Thursday’s game in Calgary was postponed after the Omicron variant ripped through the Flames dressing room. There are currently 32 members of the Flames in COVID protocol.

Tomorrow’s game against the Vancouver Canucks is still scheduled, though there’s a chance it could get postponed if more Leafs players test positive. The Canucks had four players and one coach test positive this week.

Many teams around the NHL are dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks. Four games previously scheduled for tomorrow night have already been postponed, including games in Calgary, Montreal, Minnesota, and Colorado.

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