The NHL postponed Wednesday night’s game in Vancouver between the Canucks and Calgary Flames — the second time in just over a week the North Division’s schedule has been impacted by COVID-19.
Canucks forward Adam Gaudette was pulled from Tuesday’s practice following a positive test result.
Vancouver and Calgary were preparing as if the game would still go ahead, but the league said in a press release less than two hours before puck drop a second Vancouver player was added to the league’s COVID-19 protocol list after it was released at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
The NHL said a member of the team’s coaching staff has also entered protocol.
The league said the decision to postpone was made by medical teams from the NHL, NHL Players’ Association and the Canucks.
The Montreal Canadiens had four games postponed last week when forwards Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Joel Armia were added to the protocol list.
Also Wednesday, the announced Canucks have signed goaltender Thatcher Demko to a five-year extension.
No financial terms were officially released.
Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini confirmed the signing on Twitter.
Demko took over as the No. 1 goaltender for the Canucks this year after Jacob Markstrom went to the Calgary Flames in free agency.
The 25-year-old Demko is 12-12-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season.
Hearing from Vancouver: #Canucks and G Thatcher Demko are closing in on a long-term extension. 5 years, $25 million. #TSN
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) March 31, 2021
Demko, a second-round pick (36th overall) by Vancouver in 2014, starred in relief of an injured Markstrom in last year’s second-round playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Demko allowed just one goal combined in Games 5 and 6 as the Canucks won two in a row to force a Game 7. Vegas prevailed 3-0 in the finale, scoring two empty-net goals.
The six-foot-four American has a career record of 30-25-4 with a 2.92 GAA and .911 save percentage.
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