NHL·JAN 10 COVID ROUNDUP

Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers enters NHL's COVID-19 protocol

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers has been placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Monday.

25-year-old joins four other Jets on COVID list

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers, pictured, joins forward Jansen Harkins, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, goalie Arvid Holm and video coach Matt Prefontaine in COVID protocol. (Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

The latest sports news:

  • Jets' Ehlers enters COVID-19 protocol
  • Oilers prospect added to COVID list
  • OHL postpones 3 Guelph Storm games 
  • Last scheduled World Cup cross-country skiing event cancelled

Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers has been placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Monday.

The 25-year-old ranks third on the Jets in scoring this season with 13 goals and 25 points in 33 games.

Ehlers joins forward Jansen Harkins, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, goalie Arvid Holm and video coach Matt Prefontaine in protocol after they were added last week.

The Jets are scheduled to visit the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Winnipeg sits fifth in the Central Division with a record of 16-12-5.

Oilers prospect added to COVID-19 protocol

The Edmonton Oilers have placed prospect Dylan Holloway into the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the club announced Monday.

The forward joins a long list of teammates currently in isolation, including captain Connor McDavid and defenceman Tyson Barrie.

The move came 24 hours after the NHL pushed back Monday's game against the Ottawa Senators at Rogers Place until Saturday because of coronavirus issues involving the Oilers.

Edmonton placed forwards Warren Foegele and Tyler Benson in protocol Sunday, a day after adding five teammates and six members of the team's support staff to the list.

McDavid, Barrie and centre Derek Ryan were placed in protocol last week.

Holloway, who joined the Oilers at practice Friday, is still working his way back following wrist surgery in September.

The Oilers said at the time Holloway originally required a procedure for a scaphoid fracture while playing at the University of Wisconsin last season.

During the recovery process, however, it was determined by the NHL team's medical staff and hand specialists that further surgery was needed.

The six-foot-one, 203-pound winger from Bragg Creek, Alta., was selected 14th overall by Edmonton at the 2020 NHL draft.

Holloway signed a three-year entry level contract with the Oilers in April after spending the past two seasons at Wisconsin. The 20-year-old registered 11 goals and 35 points in 23 games with the Badgers in 2020-21.

OHL postpones 3 Guelph Storm games

The Ontario Hockey League has postponed three more games due to COVID-19 protocols affecting the Guelph Storm.

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

The OHL has now postponed 47 games, all since Dec. 1, due to complications caused by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant.

The OHL has said it is committed to completing its 2021-22 season despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic.

The league cancelled its 2020-21 season due to COVID-19.

Cross-country skiing cancelled

The last scheduled World Cup meeting in cross-country skiing before the Beijing Olympics was cancelled on Monday to protect athletes from the risk of COVID-19 infection in Slovenia.

Planica was to host events from Jan. 21-23 in cross-country skiing and Nordic combined for men and women.

"Due to the current acute development of the pandemic in Slovenia, the safety of stakeholders involved at those large-scale events could not be guaranteed," the International Ski Federation (FIS) said.

Any athlete testing positive for COVID-19 so soon before traveling to the Winter Games that open on Feb. 4 risks being quarantined and denied entry to China.

FIS said it will look to find a replacement venue for the World Cup events in both disciplines. A men's Nordic combined meeting is already scheduled in Austria later this month.

With files from Associated Press

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