An issue related to COVID-19 has prompted the cancellation of today’s Vancouver Canucks practice.
The Canucks announced that training camp practices and workouts scheduled for today have been cancelled due to a potential COVID-19 exposure.
“The decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19. There is no further information at this time,” the team said in a media release.
#CanucksCamp practices and workouts for today are cancelled. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19.
Details regarding tomorrow’s schedule will be announced later today.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) January 10, 2021
With the cancellation of practice today there will be no access to Rogers Arena, nor any media availability. Upcoming schedule information will be provided as soon as possible.
— Canucks PR (@CanucksPR) January 10, 2021
Today was supposed to be Day 8 of training camp, ahead of Wednesday’s season opener in Edmonton. The team held their final full scrimmage last night, and was due to hold two practices today.
Canucks players, coaches, and staff are tested regularly for the virus.
Unlike last summer’s playoffs, the NHL will not be operating in a bubble this season. Other teams have already dealt with COVID-19 related issues, including the Dallas Stars, who had six players and two staff members test positive for the virus. They’re expected to start the season a week late because of it.
The Columbus Blue Jackets also held a number of players out of practice last week, saying it was done “out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with NHL COVID-19 protocols.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins cancelled their practice and scrimmage on Saturday due to COVID-19 concerns, but were back on the ice on Sunday.