Vancouver Canucks reveal ‘false positive’ COVID-19 test led to practice cancellation


VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Vancouver Canucks reveal that the practice canceled by the team over the weekend was due to a false positive COVID-19 test.
The hockey club coach nevertheless describes the event as a wake-up call for his team.

Given how close we are to opening night, when the Canucks canceled practice on Sunday, there were fears that one or more players might miss due to what was originally described as an exposure. potential for COVID-19.

Head coach Travis Green confirms the false positive involved one of the team’s players, not a staff member.

“At the time, we didn’t know if it was a false positive or not. We wanted to take the necessary precautions and we thought it was better to stay off the ice and wait and see, ”he said.

“The players are tested every day. We didn’t know for sure it was a false positive until his second test came back negative, ”added Green, noting that he also felt it was best to give players a day off for their mental well-being.

L’équipe a repris l’entraînement lundi, après l’annulation du week-end. Green dit que l’événement a rappelé à toutes les personnes impliquées de continuer à faire la bonne chose en termes de respect des protocoles COVID-19.

«Nous l’avons vu dans d’autres sports. Nous l’avons déjà vu dans notre sport. Ça va probablement être comme ça – ça va arriver. C’est aussi un peu un appel au réveil. S’assurant juste que nous faisons les bonnes choses [so] next time that happens, it won’t be a surprise too.

The hockey club was the first Canadian team to be forced to cancel training due to potential exposure. Columbus, Pittsburgh and Dallas recently had incidents in which team members tested positive for the virus.

The team is scheduled to open the regular season Jan. 13 in Edmonton.

-With files from Tarnjit Parmar and Nikitha Martins


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