Pair of Vancouver Giants weekend road games among five WHL postponements due to COVID-19 concerns

Portland Winterhawks’ trip to the Langley Events Center on Sunday afternoon to face the Giants should go as planned

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The Western Hockey League postponed five games scheduled for the weekend on Thursday due to COVID-19 concerns, including a pair of Vancouver Giants road games.

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The Giants’ visit to the Kelowna Rockets on Friday and their trip to the Kamloops Blazers on Saturday were canceled but will be postponed, according to a league press release.

Vancouver’s Sunday (4 p.m.) home game against the Portland Winterhawks at the Langley Events Center is expected to go as planned, although the Winterhawks have had six players listed on COVID-19 protocols and two more sidelined at the day to day due to illness. The Giants had four players on COVID-19 protocols and one was ruled out due to illness on the weekly league roster update released Wednesday.

The league initially declined to name missing players due to COVID-19 concerns, but changed their position this week.

Defenseman Connor Horning and forward Adam Hall, who have missed the Giants’ last four games, were both listed as part of COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday. Defenders Damian Palmieri and Nicco Camazzola, who both played in Vancouver’s 4-3 overtime win over the Rockets on Sunday, were added to the COVID-19 protocol list this week. Forward Julian Cull, who also played on Sunday, has been declared ill.

Portland’s Saturday game in Kelowna is still on the schedule.

On Thursday, the league also postponed the Winterhawks ‘road game on Friday in Kamloops, the Everett Silvertips’ trip to the Tri-City Americans on Saturday, and the Tri-City return leg at Everett on Sunday due to concerns about the COVID-19. Friday games featuring Everett visiting the Spokane Chiefs and Seattle Thunderbirds in Tri-City have been postponed due to weather issues.

The WHL has postponed 19 games since December 29.

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