SAN JOSE – The Sharks canceled training on Tuesday – the last training session before Christmas – due to what the team described as being overly cautious with positive cases of COVID-19 spike across the NHL.
The Sharks were scheduled to skate at the training camp on Tuesday morning. But shortly before 10 am “Sharks” decided to cancel the training session and send the players and coaches home.
Sharks defender Brent Burns entered the COVID-19 league record on Friday, and it was unclear if other players have tested positive since the team’s last training session on Monday morning.
Bouner was originally scheduled to speak to reporters on Tuesday, but the team later changed course and canceled the availability of virtual media. Sharks’ only official statement on Tuesday morning was that they “will provide an update as soon as additional information becomes available.”
Sharks players who spoke to the news organization on Tuesday said they were just waiting and hoping there would be no more positive tests.
“They are waiting for tests. Maybe some guys are positive. I don’t know, ”said defender Mark-Eduard Vlasic, who was one of seven Sharks players to compete in the COVID League protocol in late October and early November. “As a precaution, we had to cancel the training session. Let’s see the results. ”
“We’re going through trials guys who didn’t have it last time,” said Sharks striker Timo Meyer, who, like Vlasic, was on the protocol about two months ago. “So I just wait and hope that there will be no more cases.”
The NHL, in conjunction with the NHL Players’ Association, announced on Monday evening that the holiday break would begin on Wednesday, two days ahead of schedule. Sharks and other teams will now be able to return to their facilities for testing and practice on December 26, a day earlier than originally planned.
The Sharks continue to play in Anaheim against the Ducks on December 27th. Then San Jose will host the Arizona Coyotes on December 28 and the Philadelphia Flyers on December 30.
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