“Getting vaccinated twice, the chances are really slim,” Ducharme told reporters in his first comments since the positive test was revealed on Friday. “I really had no luck on that one. … It’s frustrating because I did everything they asked us to do. I never exposed myself. “
Ducharme, 48, said he did not leave the team bubble in Las Vegas last week as the Canadiens opened the semi-final series with Games 1 and 2 against the Golden Knights.
“I went from my room to the dining room, taking the bus to the rink,” he said.
Ducharme has said he expects to return to the squad before a two-week absence. He will be two weeks away from his second shot on Wednesday, claiming the team’s “entire bubble” has also undergone their second vaccinations.
With Luke Richardson as head coach, Montreal beat Vegas in overtime on Friday night to win Game 3 and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Ducharme said he felt “helpless” watching the game on TV, but he met the team virtually.
Later Sunday, Vegas General Manager Kelly McCrimmon tested positive for COVID-19, with the team declaring that he is self-isolating and that he follows “the protocols and recommendations of those responsible for health and the NHL”.
Game 4 will take place Sunday night in Montreal, with Game 5 on Tuesday in Las Vegas. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) will take place Thursday in Montreal and Saturday in Las Vegas.