Thomas Chabot of the Ottawa Senators, three others on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol; Kraken match postponed

The NHL postponed the Ottawa game on Thursday night in Seattle after three other Senators players and a coach entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol.

The Senators have nine lone players after defenseman Thomas Chabot, forwards Zach Sanford and Chris Tierney and assistant coach Bob Jones were added on Monday.

Ottawa goalie Anton Forsberg, forwards Josh Norris, Tyler Ennis and Nick Paul, as well as defensemen Dillon Heatherington and Jacob Bernard-Docker are also in the protocol.

Thursday’s game against the Kraken expansion is the second game Ottawa has postponed this week. The Senators were scheduled to host the Minnesota Wild on Monday, but it was one of many Canada-based games postponed by the NHL due to arena capacity limits.

The NHL has now crossed out 91 games due to COVID-19 issues this season.

CALENDAR UPDATE: @LNH postpone @ Senators at @SeattleKraken Thursday January 6. https://t.co/Awrp0yD4RJ pic.twitter.com/N7mc5YbOCx

– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL)
January 3, 2022

This is the second time the Senators have faced a major coronavirus epidemic in 2021-2022. The team saw three of their games canceled in November after 10 players were signed into league protocol.

Also on Monday, the Senators recalled defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Scott Sabourin from the Belleville Senators of the American Hockey League. Del Zotto was added to Ottawa’s roster, while Sabourin was assigned to his taxi team.

The Senators’ last game was a 6-0 loss in Toronto on Saturday. They are then due to visit Vancouver on Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 3, 2022.

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