Now six games into their 2021 season, the Blackhawks are dealing with their first COVID-19 issues. This afternoon, the league announced that defenseman Adam Boqvist and forward Alex DeBrincat are both in COVID-19 protocol.
What does that mean, exactly? Here are the NHL’s details:
These “COVID Protocol Related Absences” can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol.– Via Blackhawks.com
DeBrincat and Boqvist may or may not have contracted the virus, but they will not be able to practice, travel, or participate in games until removed from the protocol.
The Blackhawks are scheduled to play in Nashville on Tuesday and Wednesday, so they will likely be without both DeBrincat and Boqvist for the two-game swing.