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Sports: Maple Leafs add Kase, Ritchie and Holl to NHL's COVID-19 protocol

A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

  A look at the latest COVID-19 developments in Canada A look at the latest COVID-19 news in Canada: — Canada's health minister says he expects the country to reach a time in the COVID-19 pandemic when provinces consider implementing a broader vaccine mandate to counter rising cases. Jean-Yves Duclos told a COVID-19 briefing on Friday that such a measure was not currently being contemplated in Canada, but his personal opinion was that the country would get there at some point. Given how fragile the health-care system is in Canada and its aging population, Duclos said he thinks that type of measure will be considered by provinces over the next weeks and months.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have added three more players to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol as an outbreak on the team that started in December continues to drag on.

  Maple Leafs add Kase, Ritchie and Holl to NHL's COVID-19 protocol © Provided by The Canadian Press

The Leafs announced Friday that forwards Ondrej Kase and Nick Ritchie and defenceman Justin Holl have been added to the list.

The announcement comes two days after the Maple Leafs dropped a 2-1 road decision to the Arizona Coyotes, who are in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak.

A total of 20 Maple Leaf players have entered the protocol since the team struggled through its outbreak last month.


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  Red-hot Maple Leafs hit the road without Mitch Marner after positive COVID-19 test TORONTO — The Maple Leafs are hitting the road — and preparing to once again play in front of fans — minus one of their stars. The team announced Friday that Mitch Marner and fellow winger Pierre Engvall have been placed into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe said both players were experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive as their teammates prepared to open a four-game road trip Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche. "It's just the reality of the situation," Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly said following practice before the club flew to Denver. "Everybody's going through it.

Most of the players have since returned to action. Wingers Mitch Marner and Pierre Engvall, who entered protocol seven days ago, were the only other Maple Leafs out due to coronavirus concerns Friday morning.

The Maple Leafs practiced in Arizona on Friday before their upcoming game in St. Louis on Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2022.

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