The Vancouver Canucks say 25 members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus, including 21 players. The team was shut down last week, and it’s uncertain when it will play its next game.
In a statement attributed to team doctor Jim Bovard and infectious disease doctor Josh Douglas, the Canucks say the COVID-19 cases stem from a variant of the virus that was traced by Vancouver Coastal Health back to one individual contracting it in a public setting.
Four staff members also tested positive for the virus, another player is considered a close contact, and the entire team remains in quarantine.
The Canucks had a league-high 18 players on the COVID protocol list Tuesday, the second most all season behind only the New Jersey Devils’ 19 on Feb. 8 and 9. The team says 18 roster and three taxi squad players tested positive, and those on the taxi squad do not have to be listed publicly.
Vancouver has had additional players added to the protocol list the past six days since Adam Gaudette was its only player on the list on March 30-31.
Gaudette was joined in the protocol by Travis Hamonic on April 1, with the numbers jumping to seven players the following day.