John Garrett missing from Sportsnet's Canucks broadcast due to COVID-19 protocols

Oct 15 2021, 11:48 pm

The first regional Vancouver Canucks broadcast of the season on Sportsnet is missing a familiar face tonight.

Former Canucks goaltender and beloved colour commentator John Garrett is absent from tonight’s game in Philadelphia due to “COVID-19 protocols.”

“John Garrett is self-isolating, dealing with COVID-19 protocols. He is not here and he won’t be in the booth,” Dan Murphy said to open the broadcast.

“We’ll be thinking of you, Cheech, and we can’t wait to see you again soon, and get back to doing what we love to do,” John Shorthouse added.

Corey Hirsch, who usually calls Canucks games on the radio alongside Brendan Batchelor for Sportsnet 650, is filling in for Garrett tonight.

Shorthouse and Hirsch paid tribute to Garrett prior to puck drop, holding up packs of ketchup, which is well known to be the 70-year-old’s condiment of choice on virtually everything.

“John, we love you buddy. Get well soon,” said Hirsch. “You’re right here next to our hearts.”

Garrett isn’t the only NHL broadcaster in COVID-19 protocol right now, as Seattle Kraken play-by-play voice Everett Fitzhugh announced on Tuesday. Fitzhugh and the Kraken were in Vancouver on October 5. Five Kraken players entered COVID-19 protocol on October 11.

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