Imagine the worst thing that could happen to the Boston Bruins. Now imagine the almost-next worse thing to happen to the Bruins: captain Patrice Bergeron, is now in Covid protocol.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 15, 2021
This news comes on the heels of two other Bruins being placed in the protocol days after playing in Calgary against the Flames. The Flames have more than an outbreak with a whopping 27 players and personnel in the Covid protocol.
7 players have entered the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol: Rasmus Andersson, Byron Froese, Johnny Gaudreau, Erik Gudbranson, Trevor Lewis, Jacob Markstrom, Tyler Pitlick. 3 coaches are in protocol: Ryan Huska, Kirk Muller, Darryl Sutter. 7 support staff are also in protocol.
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) December 15, 2021
— Global Calgary (@GlobalCalgary) December 15, 2021
Of course, the Flames are not the only Canadian team dealing with this issue; Vancouver is having it’s fair share of issues after the Hurricanes played there this weekend.
So… at least 6 Hurricanes have COVID, they were in Vancouver on Sunday and Calgary on Thursday. At least 9 Flames players have COVID. At least 2 Canucks players have COVID. At least 2 Bruins have COVID, they were in Vancouver on Wednesday and Calgary on Saturday.
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) December 14, 2021
In short, the NHL is a mess with Covid.
Ontario is now restricting crowd capacity in sports arenas.
Breaking: In response to rising COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government is reinstating capacity limits for large venues.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 15, 2021
And Canada is getting ready to impose more travel restrictions for non-essential travel.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians need to be prudent when making plans for the holidays.
He was speaking briefly to reporters before an expected announcement on travel restrictions. https://t.co/3SK7FRZFSK
— CBC News (@CBCNews) December 15, 2021
We’ll keep an eye on this as things develop. As for the Bruins, they are still planning on playing the New York Islanders in Belmont tonight at 7:30pm.