Nikolaj Ehlers, Jets winger, enters NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

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  • Jets’ Ehlers enters COVID-19 protocol
  • Oilers prospect added on to COVID List
  • OHL delays three Guelph Storm matches 
  • Cancellation of last World Cup cross country skiing event

Nikolaj Ehlers is a Winnipeg Jets winger. The team announced Monday.

The Jets’ 25-year-old is third in scoring this season, with 13 goals scored and 25 points scored over 33 games.

Following their addition last week, Ehlers joined forward Jansen Hartkins, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and goalie Arvid Holm in protocol. Video coach Matt Prefontaine was also present.

The Jets are due to visit the Detroit Red Wings Thursday.

Winnipeg is fifth in Central Division with a record score of 16-12-5.

CoviD-19 protocol added oilers prospect

The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday that Dylan Holloway, a prospect in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol was accepted by the team.

The forward joins a list of teammates currently in isolation that includes captain Connor McDavid, and defenseman Tyson Barrie.

This move was made 24 hours after the NHL moved Monday’s game at Rogers Place against the Ottawa Senators to Saturday due to coronavirus problems involving the Oilers.

Edmonton’s forwards Warren Foegele, Tyler Benson and Tyler Benson were placed in protocol Sunday. This was a day after Edmonton added six support staff members and five teammates to the roster.

Last week, McDavid and Barrie were placed in protocol.

Holloway, who joined Friday’s practice by the Oilers, is still recovering from wrist surgery in September.

The Oilers stated that Holloway initially required surgery for a scaphoid injury while playing at University of Wisconsin last year.

However, the NHL team’s medical staff determined that additional surgery was necessary during the recovery process.

Edmonton selected the 203-pound, six-foot-one winger from Bragg Creek (Alaska) 14th in the 2020 NHL draft.

After spending the previous two seasons at Wisconsin, Holloway signed a 3-year entry-level contract with the Oilers in March. The 20-year old scored 11 goals as well as 35 points in 23 games played with the Badgers in 2020-21.

OHL puts off three Guelph Storm Games

Three more games have been postponed by the Ontario Hockey League due to COVID-19 protocols that affect the Guelph Storm.

Guelph’s home games against Owen Sound on Monday, Windsor on Thursday and Flint against Flint Friday will be rescheduled for a later date.

Due to complications resulting from the rapid spread COVID-19 Omicron variant, the OHL has postponed 47 games since Dec. 1.

OHL stated that it will continue its 2021-22 season, despite the difficulties posed by the pandemic.

Due to COVID-19, the league had to cancel its 2020-21 season.

Cross-country skiing is possible

To protect athletes from COVID-19 in Slovenia, the World Cup cross-country ski meeting was cancelled Monday.

Planica hosted events in cross-country skiing for both men and women from Jan 21 to 23.

“Due the current acute development in the pandemics of Slovenia, the safety and security of all stakeholders at these large-scale events cannot be guaranteed,” said the International Ski Federation.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 too soon before attending the Winter Games which open Feb. 4, risks being denied entry to China.

FIS stated that it will search for a new venue to host the World Cup events in both of these disciplines. An Austrian men’s Nordic combined meeting has already been scheduled for later in the month.