Two more Vancouver Canucks players have been added to the NHL’s COVID list.
Jalen Chatfield and Marc Michaelis were added today, as the number of Canucks players officially in NHL protocol has ballooned to 16.
There are now only 11 Canucks players on their roster that aren’t officially in COVID-19 protocol, and four of those players were already on injured reserve.
Seven players were identified on the NHL COVID list on Saturday, including: Bo Horvat, Thatcher Demko, Tyler Myers, Brandon Sutter, Tyler Motte, Jayce Hawryluk, and Travis Boyd. Six players — Quinn Hughes, Alex Edler, Braden Holtby, Zack MacEwen, and Antoine Roussel — joined Adam Gaudette and Travis Hamonic on the list on Friday.
While players can be added to the COVID protocol list for numerous reasons, multiple reports indicate that a majority of Canucks players have tested positive. Coaches and family members have also tested positive, according to multiple reports.
The more infectious Brazilian P.1 variant, which is believed to be responsible for hospitalizing young people in greater numbers, is reportedly playing a role in the spread. Canucks players have been suffering from a number of variant symptoms, including vomiting, cramping, and dehydration according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
“On behalf of our entire team, I want to thank fans everywhere for their support this past week,” Canucks GM Jim Benning said in a statement released this afternoon. “Our players, coaches and their families are grateful for the messages and we all hope for a return to full health as soon as possible.
“Our focus continues to be on the health of everyone involved and we are thankful for the extraordinary health care and guidance we have received from our team’s medical staff, BC’s health officials, and from NHL and NHLPA medical experts.”