The NHL said no other Canadiens player or staff tested positive on Thursday or Friday. The semi-final series against the Vegas Golden Knights is tied 1-1 as it moved to Canada.
General manager Marc Bergevin said the coach is resting at home and doing well. The NHL has confirmed that Ducharme received his second COVID-19 vaccine “less than two weeks ago”.
Since this is an unprecedented situation for the NHL in the playoffs, Bergevin said the team has been in contact with the Quebec Ministry of Health, as well as the NHL, to determine how long Ducharme will be away.
“The Canadiens organization has, and will continue to follow, all guidelines to protect the health and safety of its players, staff and the community at large, as established by the NHL, the Canadian federal government. , the provincial government of Quebec and health agencies, ”the NHL said in a statement.
Bergevin said he spoke to Ducharme on several occasions on Friday and that the coach had also been in contact with his staff.
“I guarantee you we’ll be ready for the game tonight,” Bergevin said in a short press conference ahead of Friday’s game.
Ducharme tested positive on Friday morning, forcing the Canadiens to cancel his pre-game press conference. He underwent further tests and after a second positive result he was excluded from the match.
During the season, a person with a confirmed positive COVID-19 result had to stay outside for at least 10 days. A potential Game 7 of the Vegas series is slated for June 26, in less than 10 days.