COVID-19: Boeser’s plan to quarantine ‘in a few days’ in Vancouver

Unlike his hit teammates, Brock Boeser is an American citizen at a Canadian club and that can play into his ability to cross the border.

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Brock Boeser is expected to fly to Vancouver on Monday.

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What then happens to the Canucks winger, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Anaheim on Wednesday and has been isolated in a hotel for five days, is at the Canada Border Services Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Like virus-affected teammates Philip Di Giuseppe, Justin Dowling and Jason Dickinson, an asymptomatic Boeser will have to take a PCR test after his five-day isolation. A negative test result – as a positive test showing minimal viral load – and being asymptomatic would allow removal from quarantine.

Unlike his hit teammates, however, Boeser is an American citizen at a Canadian club and that can play into his ability to cross the border. There is a general understanding that he is subject to 14 days to be free from his positive test to enter Canada. But one of the CBSA caveats is a negative PCR test in the previous 72 hours to re-enter Canada. Boeser will still have to isolate on return and this is determined by the PHAC.

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Are it still five days or the full 14 for Boeser? Five more days means he can play Saturday. Long time no see and it would be prudent to stay in the US and join the Canucks on their road trip next week.

However, many moving parts were playable Sunday.


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Postmedia was told that the Boeser situation “changed continuously” and that there was “no exact plan.” But there was the belief that the winger returned on Monday and would be quarantined for “a few more days”.

The Canucks, whose home date with the New York Islanders was postponed to Wednesday, are scheduled to host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. She then departs the next day for a defining five-game road trip to Florida, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Washington and Nashville.

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Therefore, positive COVID-19 cases have become more important than improving special teams.

On Saturday morning, Dickinson looked and sounded healthy in a pre-game Zoom availability. The rejuvenated Canucks center-back winger spoke enthusiastically about an improved penalty kill and developing chemistry with Bo Horvat in an extended and welcome shutdown role.

A few hours later, Dickinson was placed in the COVID-19 protocol and is in solitary confinement in Seattle for five days. He gave a positive result for the virus on Saturday morning during the daily test round. The lawsuit involved a previous PCR test in Vancouver before she left for a competition-approved flight to Seattle.

The day could also have changed course before the Canucks claimed a 5-2 victory to push their unbeaten series under new head coach Bruce Boudreau to 8-0-1.

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“We had some false positives, with staff included, that was as many as five people,” Boudreau said of the concern for the game. “But they took other tests and they were considered negative, so we were allowed to play.”

Boudreau did not coach when COVID-19 put the NHL on hiatus for the first time in March 2020.

“It’s a little new to me,” he said. “If you travel the day of the game and get up at 5:30, to catch the bus at 6:30 (team), the whole day was crazy.

“I set up my lineup this morning, but when you have so many changes to make possible, it gets a little wild there.”

As much as the Canucks are careful in turning around to avoid positive tests and players stuck in isolation from the United States, they realize that the virus and the highly transmissible Omicron variant remain beasts. The club deliberately flew from Los Angeles to Vancouver after the game Thursday – instead of Friday a day off in Seattle – to avoid additional COVID-19 cases.

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Vancouver Canucks striker Brock Boeser (6) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period at Rogers Arena in early December.
Vancouver Canucks striker Brock Boeser (6) celebrates his goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period at Rogers Arena in early December. Photo by Bob Frid /Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports

Canucks winger Tyler Motte introduced protocol Dec. 18 and recovered quickly from mild symptoms. He scored the winning goal on Saturday and helped the penalty kill go 2-for-2. Last season, he had more serious reactions, including persistent brain fog, when an epidemic enveloped the unvaccinated Canucks.

The NHL club was closed on March 31 when 22 players were affected and it resulted in nine games being postponed and one rescheduled.

Fast forward and there is better testing, but the unknown is often a mental drain.

“It can be sure,” Motte said. “It’s not easy to test every day and wait for results. It’s currently part of the job and we are not the only people in the world going through this. We need to be able to refocus and if group meet as we did (Saturday). “

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Tanner Pearson had a Gordie Howe Hat Trick in the victory over the Kraken – a fight, a goal and an assist – and that achievement is important considering the daily match with COVID-19.

Players are creatures of habit. They prepare in the same way for games – ice skating, eating, sleeping, stretching, tape sticks, ice skating – but the virus often has other plans.

“You do not know if you will play or not and they want to get games,” Pearson said. “You come to the rink and get ready for the game, and then in the afternoon you get a call that you are not playing.

“It’s the unknown. And so it is now for everyone.”

OVER TIME: Thatcher Demko went 7-1-0 in December (1.72 GAA, .946 save percentage, one shutout) to be named the third star of the month of the NHL behind Auston Matthews and Max Pacioretty.

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