Vancouver Canucks’ Adam Gaudette enters COVID-19 protocol after testing positive for coronavirus

Vancouver Canucks forward Adam Gaudette has tested positive for COVID-19, the team’s head coach confirmed Tuesday.

The 24-year-old was pulled from the ice during practice Tuesday morning after test results came in.

Canucks head coach Travis Green confirmed the positive test and said the team is following the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

“Our players get tested every day and obviously we’ve been tested this morning and we’ll see how those test results come back when we get them back,” he said.

League rules require that any time an individual’s initial test comes back positive, the lab does a second test on the initial sample.

If the second test is negative, a second sample is collected. If that second sample returns a positive result, it is considered to be a “confirmed positive.”

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Those who test positive need to self-isolate for 10 days and close contacts need to self-isolate for 14 days, according to NHL protocols.

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Green said forward Jake Virtanen stayed home Tuesday because he was not feeling well.

Earlier in the season, Canucks forward J.T. Miller and defenceman Jordie Benn missed multiple games after being placed on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list.

A player on the list has not necessarily tested positive.

Gaudette has four goals and three assists for the Canucks this season.

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— With files from Neetu Garcha and The Canadian Press

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