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Adam Gaudette Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Already struggling with injuries, now they have to deal with a potential outbreak in the room.

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With the Vancouver Canucks season already looking like a write-off, another blow today as Adam Gaudette was pulled from the ice during practice today after the team learned that he has tested positive for COVID-19. This comes as the Province of BC is dealing with a new wave of cases and hospitalizations, and have seen the provincial government re-implement stricter rules to try and stem the tide.

Jake Virtanen was absent from today’s practice because he was feeling ill, and we’re keeping an eye out to see if that is related to Gaudette’s positive test.

What we need to wait for now is to see if any other players have been infected, which could see the postponement of tomorrow’s game against the Calgary Flames, and the looming 12 day roadtrip to Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

The Canucks organization is already trying to deal with a pretty serious situation in Utica, where an outbreak on the AHL affiliate Utica Comets has led to 10 straight game postponements after a number of players and staff tested positive. It’s already been difficult enough for some of the prospects knowing they can’t get called up to the parent club, but this seems to be a really bad situation in Utica right now.

For now, we hope that Gaudette makes a full recovery, that Virtanen or any of their Canucks teammates are infected, and we can get back to getting the rest of this season over with. We will update you with any further developments as they happen.