The announcement comes after 12 Sudbury Wolves players tested positive for COVID-19
On Tuesday afternoon, the Ontario Hockey League announced the suspension of the Sudbury Wolves team’s activities after 12 players tested positive for COVID-19.
The news means Wednesday’s scheduled game between the Greyhounds and Wolves at GFL Memorial Gardens has been postponed.
It’s one of three games postponed as a result and includes a home and away game for Wolves scheduled for this weekend.
Matches are the first of this season to be postponed due to COVID-19.
“The league has done a good job,” Greyhounds general manager Kyle Raftis said Tuesday afternoon. “There will always be cases here and there, no different from the ordinary population. Since everyone is vaccinated, you hope these are just mild or asymptomatic symptoms. All the kids did a great job. Even though we’ve crossed the border and been tested a lot lately, they’ve been very diligent on that side. It’s a good reminder that we have to stay that way.
Raftis said that while a testing schedule is not in place, the players have been tested regularly.
“For us, we haven’t really done too many regular tests because every time we cross the border we test before we go,” Raftis said. “On our last trip we tested twice this weekend and sometimes there is random testing when you come back so there are guys who are tested multiple times in a week. “
Raftis added that the Greyhounds’ schedule for how road trips have been defined “we’re basically tested (at least) once a week.”
In a statement, the league office confirmed that the 12 players “are currently asymptomatic and have mild symptoms.”
A precise timeline has not been set as to when Wolves can resume team activities and other games could be affected beyond the three already postponed.
The Greyhounds are set to return to action Friday night at home against the Guelph Storm.