The Dallas Stars needed to play the third time of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes without head coach Rick Bowness behind the teams’ bench. This came after Bowness was eliminated from the game during the second intermission in Carolina because of COVID-19 protocols.
Before the Stars took the ice for the third time frame, the group declared that Bowness entered COVID safety protocols and colleague mentor John Stevens would assume control over head coaching duties. After the game, it was uncovered that Bowness had a PCR test returned positive during that intermission.
As indicated by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the 66-year-old Bowness has been completely inoculated, which makes Sunday’s events much more inquisitive. Notwithstanding, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle got a false positive on a test recently subsequent to being immunized months prior.
Time will surface eventually whether this is another case of a Dallas coach being hit with a false-positive however the NHL clearly followed up on the side of alert by removing Bowness from Sunday’s game. On the off chance that it is anything but an instance of a false-positive, well…that makes for a substantially more concerning conversation.
The NHL keeps on engaging COVID outbreaks across the league this season. The Stars were the first team compelled to defer games this season, as their season opener was deferred by half a month after a group outbreak. The Vancouver Canucks are at present managing a gigantic team outbreak, with upwards of 16 players right now in the team’s COVID list. All Vancouver games have been delayed through April 6.