Maple Leafs add Pierre Engvall and Mitch Marner to NHL’s virus protocol

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have drafted forwards Mitch Marner (forward) and Pierre Engvall (forward) into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

The forwards are the 16th & 17th Toronto players to join the league’s protocol. However, they are the only members of the team currently affected by the virus.

Seven other staff members also went through the protocol.

After defenseman Timothy Liljegren returned to practice on Monday, after the first player to be isolated from the outbreak’s height, the positive tests were confirmed.

On Monday, star forward Auston Matthews was positive for COVID-19. However, a rapid antigen test returned a negative PCR result the next day. This was later confirmed in the Maple Leafs’ 4-2 victory over Edmonton.

The Maple Leafs have designated Joey Anderson (American Hockey League) and Brett Seney (Toronto Marlies) to their taxi squad.

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OHL schedule adjustments

Two games were postponed by the Ontario Hockey League and another one rescheduled due to COVID-19 protocols that affect the Saginaw Spirit.

The league canceled Saturday’s game against Flint and Friday’s at Sarnia for Saginaw.

Flint’s Sarnia game has been moved from Jan. 19th to Saturday.

OHL has already postponed 45 games this season due to Ontario capacity limits and outbreaks of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant. Some of these games were subsequently rescheduled.