Multiple people in Sharks organization placed in COVID protocol

SAN JOSE — The Sharks recalled five players from their AHL affiliate after multiple people in the organization, including coach Bob Boughner, tested positive for the coronavirus in advance of their game with the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Two people with knowledge of the situation said there were five Sharks players in COVID-19 protocol. The names of the players were not immediately made available, and a team spokesman said a list would be announced once they could confirm the results.

With Boughner unavailable, John MacLean will act as head coach Saturday with John Madden, as usual, also on the bench.

In response to the positive tests among players, the Sharks recalled forwards John Leonard and Nick Merkley, and defensemen Nicolas Meloche, Ryan Merkley, and Jaycob Megna.

“We just kind of went through whatever we had to go through to get the testing done, and then waited for the results,” MacLean said. “Unfortunately, in, the world we live in, sometimes this happens and we’ve got to get prepared to play a hockey game.”

Sharks players receive a PCR test every three days. The team spokesman said individuals were tested Friday and that the test results would have been available overnight. Players, and Boughner, received the test results early Saturday morning.

Boughner confirmed before the start of the season that all Sharks players who were with the team by the end of training camp were vaccinated. The Sharks had every player available for their recently completed five-game road trip, which included three stops in Canada.

The spokesman said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has been in touch with the NHL about the team’s situation, and indications were as of 2:30 p.m. (PT) that the game with the Jets would still take place. It is possible, though, for the start time of the game to be pushed back a half-hour from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As for the five players who were recalled, MacLean said the guys were “probably ticked off that they got sent down in the first place. They’re going to get an opportunity.

“We have players here that are capable of playing well and then we’ve got to go compete. It makes no difference. In this game, no one feels sorry for you. It’s the next man up and you’ve got to be ready to go.”

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