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COVID Forces Stars Coach Rick Bowness to Leave Game

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Head coach Rick Bowness of the Dallas Stars reacts during the first period against the Tampa Bay Lightning Game One of the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place on September 19, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 05 April 2021 12:52 PM

Dallas Stars coach Rick Bowness was pulled from the bench during Sunday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes due to coronavirus protocols. 

Bowness was removed after a test for the virus came back positive during the second-period intermission, according to ESPN. The 66-year-old head coach is fully vaccinated and the team believes it was a false positive.

"We did communicate with the league and they agreed with us: Let’s get him out of the game," Stars general manager Jim Nill told Fox News. "Because of his situation of being vaccinated, and we’d usually regularly get these tests sometime early tomorrow morning. But because this one came back quicker, we consulted with the league and everybody decided this was the right situation."

Nill added that Bowness had no symptoms and the team felt "very comfortable in presuming that this is a false positive."

No other coaching staff member tested positive. Stars goalkeeper Anton Khudobin was the only player on the NHL's COVID protocol list. The team also believe his test result was a false positive.

"He came back negative, so same situation," Nill said. "He was a real weak positive test and went through his two protocol and he had two negatives and he is now cleared to travel with the team.''

Nill added that most of the team had either been vaccinated or previously infected with COVID-19. 

The NHL is facing an outbreak in cases, with more than half of the players on the Vancouver Canucks having tested positive for COVID-19, a source revealed to ESPN. As of Sunday, 16 players' names were added to the team's COVID-19 protocol list. The players are reportedly symptomatic and one had to be treated for dehydration via IV. Furthermore, a source revealed to the outlet that at least three Canucks coaches have also tested positive for the virus.

"Fatigue, dehydration, the symptoms are intense. It's knocked a lot of guys out. Some can't even get out of bed," an agent told ESPN.

"Our players, coaches and their families are grateful for the messages and we all hope for a return to full health as soon as possible," the Canucks said in a statement Sunday. "Our focus continues to be on the health of everyone involved and we are thankful for the extraordinary health care and guidance we have received from our team's medical staff, BC's health officials, and from NHL and NHLPA medical experts."

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