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BREAKING: Hertl in COVID Protocol, Sharks-Golden Knights Postponed



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The San Jose Sharks have canceled this morning’s practice.

Here’s what we know right now about this breaking story.

2:12 PM

Tomas Hertl is the lone San Jose Sharks player on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list. We’ll see tomorrow if there are more Sharks players placed in protocol.

1:02 PM

12:25 PM

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10:14 AM

The Sharks were scheduled to practice at 11 AM. At about 9:15 AM, a member of San Jose PR informed San Jose Hockey Now that practice at Solar4America Ice at San Jose had been canceled and a team statement would be coming soon.

The obvious thought? A person or persons from the San Jose Sharks had tested positive for COVID-19 this morning.

The last Sharks player in COVID-19 protocol was Maxim Letunov, all the way back to the training camp.  Since then, no Sharks players have appeared on the NHL’s COVID protocol list.

According to the league, a player can be placed on this list for a wide range of reasons: “(1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.”

Essentially, we could be dealing with a false positive situation – or much worse. The San Jose Sharks were scheduled to take on the Golden Knights tomorrow, we’ll see if that game is postponed.

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