The Vancouver Canucks season remains on hiatus as a COVID-19 outbreak that has affected the team has gone from bad to worse.
The team added seven players to the league’s COVID protocol roster on Saturday, bringing the total number of players to 14. Sources told ESPN that two coaches were added to the roster, bringing the total number of coaches in the protocol to three.
Seven players and a coach were already on the roster, prompting the NHL to postpone the Canucks games until April 8, with practice facilities opening no earlier than April 6.
According to sources, the Canuck’s recent additions to the protocol list could keep them out of action for longer. The Vancouver region has recently become a hotspot for the Brazilian P.1 variant of the virus.
The Canucks are the second Canada-based team to have COVID issues. The Montreal Canadiens had four games postponed at the end of March, but have since returned to action. The NHL has now postponed 45 games due to COVID, although the first 37 postponements were all for teams based in the United States.
For Vancouver, the trouble began Tuesday when Adam Gaudette was pulled from practice following a positive test result, which was confirmed positive later that night. Travis Hamonic joined Gaudette on the protocol list Thursday. By Friday, Alex Edler, Braden Holtby, Quinn Hughes, Zack MacEwen and Antoine Roussel were also added to the list, following additional testing and contract tracking.
Gaudette’s wife, Micaela, tweeted Thursday: “My husband is not in very good shape, but I am taking good care of him!”
Micaela Gaudette also tweeted: “A human being gets sick with a virus that we don’t know much about and everyone is mad at him because they can’t watch a hockey game.”
Travis Boyd, Thatcher Demko, Jayce Hawryluk, Bo Horvat, Tyler Motte, Tyler Myers and Brandon Sutter were added to the list on Saturday.