LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Montreal Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme has tested positive for COVID-19, a result that was confirmed today with additional testing, according to the National Hockey League.
Ducharme was at home in isolation due to “irregularities in COVID testing,” reports earlier today said. He will miss tonight’s playoff game.
The Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights are scheduled to play Game 3 of their NHL Stanley Cup series tonight at 5 p.m. Pacific time. The series has moved to Montreal after two games in Las Vegas.
The information was first tweeted by Arpon Basu, editor-in-chief of The Athletic Montreal.
Montreal is the first Canadian team to play in the U.S. this season.
Irregularities in testing have occurred previously for NHL players and coaches, including some Golden Knights players and coach Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche during the last playoff series against the VGK. Bednar’s further tests came back negative and he was able to coach the team without missing a game.
Additional testing sometimes reveals a false positive, but “irregularities” don’t necessarily indicate a positive test has occurred.
But the NHL statement indicated a test on Ducharme on Thursday came back “presumptive positive,” and further testing today confirmed the result.
The league said Ducharme is partially vaccinated, with his second shot coming less than two weeks ago, on June 9.
A person is considered fully vaccinated two full weeks after their second shot.
No other coaches, staff or players for Montreal have tested positive, the NHL said.