- NHL closes 4 more teams, 9 in total
- The women’s ice hockey game between Canada and the USA is canceled
- Canada withdraws from the Spengler Cup
- Raptors stop team exercises and train individually
- 47 NFL players tested positive, several asymptomatic and vaccinated
- EPL decides to continue the season despite increasing cases
The Montreal Canadiens, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets are the latest teams to be shut down by COVID-19 as the NHL hobbles on vacation.
The league said in a statement today that the move was “due to concerns about the number of positive cases in recent days and concerns about the continued spread of COVID”.
The NHL has now marginalized a total of nine teams due to the recent wave of the pandemic fueled by the rapidly spreading variant of Omicron.
With more than 130 players and team staff currently on the COVID-19 log, the league has had to postpone 42 games so far this season, 37 of them since last Monday.
The Canadiens announced yesterday that they would close until December 26th as a preventive measure. Montreal had already postponed its games after Christmas after the NHL announced a travel break for cross-border travel.
Columbus was supposed to play Buffalo tonight and then host the Sabers on Thursday, but both games have now been scratched.
The Oilers then announced that defenders Darnell Nurse and William Lagesson had been added to the record, followed by five teammates and head coach Dave Tippett. The team then posted on Twitter that their facility would also be closed during the Christmas break.
Senators, who said assistant coach Davis Payne had been added to the record, tweeted that the team would not return to training until after the break as a “precautionary measure”.
The women’s ice hockey game between Canada and the USA is canceled
A play between the Canadian and American women’s hockey teams has been canceled.
USA Hockey said in a statement on Monday that the competition scheduled for the evening is canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Canada and the US are competing in a nine-game rivalry series ahead of the Beijing Olympics.
“While not being able to play the game is disappointing, the health and safety of athletes, staff and the community at large remains a priority,” said a statement from Hockey Canada.
In addition to canceling the game on Monday, Hockey Canada has also postponed the announcement of the Olympic team line-up, which was expected sometime this week, to a date yet to be determined.
The Canadians have won four of the series’ first six games, taking a 3-2 overtime win in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday. Canada also defeated the US 2-1 in extra time on Wednesday.
The teams are scheduled to meet for two more games in the cross-border series – January 3rd in Edmonton and January 6th in Red Deer, Alta.
The 2022 Winter Games will open on February 4th.
Hockey Canada withdraws from the Spengler Cup
Hockey Canada has decided not to send a team to the annual Spengler Cup due to concerns about COVID-19.
The tournament is slated to take place in Davos, Switzerland, from December 26th to 31st, but increasing cases triggered by the Omicron variant have wreaked havoc on a number of sports organizations around the world.
“After careful consideration and after talking to our Chief Medical Officer about the ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hockey Canada made the difficult decision to withdraw from the 2021 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland,” the organization said in a Statement published on Monday.
“Participation in the Spengler Cup has a long tradition and it is disappointing that we cannot take part in the prestigious event this year. However, we firmly believe that this is the right decision in order to protect the health and safety of our players . ” , Coaches and tutors who were supposed to represent Canada. “
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Canada has the most championships of all countries at the tournament, most recently in 2019. The tournament was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canada’s Spengler Cup team should be Hockey Canada’s substitute member for the Beijing 2022 Olympics in February when the NHL closes the Winter Games.
Claude Julien was appointed head coach of the Canadian team at the Spengler Cup and the Channel One Cup in Russia at the end of November.
Raptors stop team exercises and train individually
The Toronto Raptors have stopped training as a team, but are working with coaches individually.
It’s a precaution as Toronto’s game against Orlando on Monday night has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on Magic.
The raptors are also affected by the corona virus. On Monday, the team added Gary Trent Jr. to the NBA’s protocol list, joining all-star striker Pascal Siakam and rookie Dalano Banton.
Toronto’s new training program has just one player and one coach drilling a network at the same time.
There are six nets in the Raptors’ exercise facility, but a team spokesperson says they will likely limit training to four of the hoops.
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All players and team members are tested before entering the OVO Athletic Center.
Toronto’s next game is Wednesday in Chicago.
Monday’s game against Orlando at Scotiabank Arena was one of several that the NBA has postponed. Sunday’s games between Denver and Brooklyn, Cleveland and Atlanta, and New Orleans and Philadelphia have been postponed, while Tuesday’s game between the Wizards and Nets has also been canceled.
Several asymptomatic NFL players tested positive: source
Several asymptomatic, vaccinated NFL players tested positive for COVID-19 on the first day of the “targeted” test, a person familiar with the results told The Associated Press on Monday.
A total of 47 players have been put on the reserve / COVID-19 list, most of them in a single day since the pandemic began. The person who spoke on condition of anonymity for privacy reasons did not indicate how many of the players are asymptomatic and fully vaccinated.
Players who test positive must be quarantined until cleared for return. According to the NFL’s revised protocols, which went into effect Monday, asymptomatic, vaccinated players can return in less than 10 days.
Kelce, Cornerback Charvarius Ward, and Kicker Harrison Butker tested positive. Everyone played the Chargers last Thursday night when Kelce hit a career high of 191 yards and caught the matching touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and won in overtime.
EPL continues to play and asks unvaccinated players to get stabbed
The Premier League clubs decided against an interruption of the season on Monday, although 10 games were postponed in the previous week due to the most widespread coronavirus outbreaks in the squads.
The Premier League announced that only 77 percent of their players had received two cans. In its first update on vaccine intake in two months, the league also stated that 16 percent of players had not even received a single dose.
Coronavirus cases among players and staff reached another high in the past week, more than doubling from 42 to 90.
Premier League clubs met virtually on Monday after six of the weekend’s 10 games were canceled.
“Although a number of clubs have been affected by COVID-19 outbreaks and challenges,” the league said after the call, “it is the league’s shared intention to continue the current schedule as much as possible.
“The health and well-being of all concerned remains our priority and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidelines and always act with caution.”
Due to the threat of overburdening the games to play postponed games, it was announced on Monday that plans to repeat the third and fourth round of the FA Cup have been abandoned.
The league has urged players to get vaccinated to avoid squads exhausted and games being canceled due to coronavirus cases.