Over 20 players and coaches on the Canucks have now tested positive

VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 20: Travis Hamonic #27 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck during NHL hockey action against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena on January 20, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, BC - JANUARY 20: Travis Hamonic #27 of the Vancouver Canucks skates with the puck during NHL hockey action against the Montreal Canadiens at Rogers Arena on January 20, 2021 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images) /
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The COVID-19 outbreak for the Vancouver Canucks continues to get worse with each passing day.

As of this morning, over 20 players and coaches had been confirmed to have entered COVID protocol, and I’m sure that more will be added to that list in the coming days.

Many of those names, such as Adam Gaudette’s, come as no surprise since we’ve known about their infections for a few days now. However, the scary thing is the number of players who have family members that might be more at risk if they contracted the virus.

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Travis Hamonic, for example, decided not to participate in the NHL’s return to play plan last summer since he was worried about putting his family at risk of COVID. Tyler Myers shared similar concerns before ultimately deciding to join the Canucks in the playoff bubble, so it’s undoubtedly scary to see his name on the list.

Meanwhile, Bo Horvat’s son Gunnar isn’t even one yet, so here’s hoping that the younger Horvat won’t be put at more risk of contracting the virus. Jayce Hawyrluk was actually infected last summer so this is his second time landing in COVID protocol, and this was made possible because the virus that the team contracted is of the new Brazilian variant, which is unrelated to previous infections.

The only good news is that no support staff have tested positive at this point, although there’s no guarantee that it will stay that way.

Again, hockey should be the last thing on our minds right now and the Canucks’ season should be cancelled if it means ensuring the safety of the players and everyone involved.

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Also, to everyone reading this, please stay safe out there. COVID cases in B.C. continue to skyrocket and this Brazilian variant is still new and its potential dangers remain relatively unknown. Take care, everyone.