Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme has examined constructive for COVID-19 and can miss Game Three of the staff’s third-round playoff matchup in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights.
The NHL introduced the constructive take a look at Friday afternoon, hours earlier than the sport on the Bell Centre.
The NHL mentioned it realized Friday that Ducharme had a presumptive constructive consequence from a take a look at finished in Las Vegas on Thursday, at some point after the Canadiens’ Game 2 win. The consequence was confirmed with additional testing on Friday.
The league mentioned all checks administered to gamers, different coaches and hockey workers from each Thursday and Friday have returned detrimental outcomes.
Ducharme was despatched dwelling Friday morning and had his pre-game media availability abruptly cancelled following irregularities in testing.
General supervisor Marc Bergevin mentioned in a pre-game information convention that Ducharme was “doing fine” at dwelling. Bergevin mentioned the staff is in touch with public well being and the NHL .
Asked how lengthy Ducharme may be sidelined, Bergevin mentioned: “It’s an ongoing situation so I can’t tell you how long.”
Montreal confirmed the 48-year-old obtained his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine June 9.
The Canadiens and Golden Knights are tied at 1-1 of their best-of-seven NHL semifinal showdown after Montreal earned a break up in Vegas with a 3-2 win Wednesday.
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The collection is the primary cross-border matchup within the NHL this season, made attainable by a federal exemption permitting groups to bypass Canada’s 14-day quarantine necessities.
The Ducharme information got here hours after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mentioned journey restrictions on the Canada-U.S. border will stay in place for at the very least one other month to stop a fourth wave of COVID-19.
Dr. Tam assured in vaccines
Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public well being officer, was requested about Ducharme’s scenario on the House of Commons well being committee earlier than the constructive take a look at was confirmed.
She mentioned that whereas the nation is lucky to have vaccines accessible, none are 100 per cent efficient, even with two doses.
“If a vaccine is 80 per cent effective, you might still get a fifth of the population, even after vaccination … susceptible to infection,” she mentioned. “But what we do know is in general is these infections are going to be milder. So the prevention of serious outcomes is also very key.”
“Sports teams have to have protocols,” she added. “So at this time, these type of games are performed under the auspices of public-health departments that have safety plans in place so that should someone become positive, they don’t spread that virus to a lot of other people.”
History repeating itself?
Ducharme was promoted to the interim publish from an assistant’s position after Claude Julien was fired Feb. 24.
The Canadiens completed fourth within the all-Canadian North Division below Ducharme earlier than pulling off upsets of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets within the first two rounds of the playoffs.
In March, the Canadiens had 4 video games postponed after two gamers have been positioned on the NHL’s COVID protocol checklist.
Julien was rushed to hospital and had a stent put in in a coronary artery throughout final summer season’s playoff bubble in Toronto. Associate coach Kirk Muller stuffed Julien’s position for the rest of the post-season earlier than Montreal was eradicated by the Philadelphia Flyers.
Julien was again on the job at coaching camp forward of the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 marketing campaign, however, together with Muller, was handed his strolling papers with the Canadiens struggling to seek out traction.
This is the second time this post-season a Vegas opponent has had a training query mark associated to COVID-19.
Colorado’s Jared Bednar missed the staff’s morning skate forward of Game 6 within the second spherical due to irregularities in his testing consequence. He was cleared later that day and coached the Avalanche in a 6-Three loss that ended their playoff hopes.