Maple Leafs coach gets his mumps shot

A nurse uses a syringe to prepare an injection of the combined Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images

TORONTO – Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has joined the rest of his team in getting his mumps shot.

“Well I just got my shot today,” Carlyle said Sunday prior to a game against the Los Angeles Kings. “They dragged me in. I was the last one.

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“I thought that I had it 58 years ago so I didn’t think I’d need another one but I guess there’s a new strain out that they better look after us. We’re taking every precaution that’s available to us and, as I said, the inoculation has been offered to all of our players.”

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The NHL is dealing with a widespread outbreak of the virus, with players from Anaheim, Minnesota, the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils among those affected.