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Canucks cancel practice out of ‘abundance of caution’ regarding COVID

The wait is finally over. Puck drops for the 2021 NHL season January 13 on NBC.

The Vancouver Canucks canceled Sunday’s practice and workouts, striving for “an abundance of caution” after a possible exposure to COVID-19. With that, the Canucks became the fourth NHL team to experience a COVID-related disruption in recent days. The Blue Jackets, Penguins, and Stars also experienced COVID-related disruptions.

Canucks cancel practice due to possible COVID exposure

The Canucks became the first Canadian team to deal with a COVID-related disruption during this recent stretch. On Friday, the Blue Jackets and Stars announced their issues. Following that, the Penguins canceled activities on Saturday.

So far, the Stars experienced the most significant COVID disruptions. The NHL announced that six Stars players and two staffers tested positive for COVID-19. The current plan is to delay the start of the Stars’ season to at least Jan. 19.

It’s possible that the NHL might announce other official numbers early this week.

One would assume that the NHL encouraged the use of the phrase “abundance of caution due to the potential exposure of COVID-19" in team releases. (Meanwhile, the Stars deferred to the NHL regarding their announcements.)

As you can see, the Canucks noted that they might make more announcements on Monday. The Canucks are currently scheduled to begin their season against the Oilers on Wednesday.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.