Vancouver Canucks get OK to reopen team facilities, expect to resume season Friday

The NHL says the Vancouver Canucks will reopen team facilities Sunday and resume play Friday after a COVID-19 outbreak in which 21 players and four staff members tested positive for the virus.

The Canucks’ next game will be their first since March 24, and their season was extended to May 16. They still have 19 players on the league’s COVID protocol list, and each player will need to be cleared before entering the team facilities.

Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said Friday he was optimistic his team would still be able to complete the shortened, 56-game season.

The Stanley Cup playoffs could start for the rest of the league while the Canucks, who are out of contention, play out the string.

Changes to the North Division schedule:

Edmonton at Vancouver, moved from May 4 to April 16.

Calgary at Vancouver, moved from March 31 to April 21.

Vancouver at Toronto, moved from April 30 to April 29.

Vancouver at Calgary, moved from April 10 to May 3.

Vancouver at Edmonton, moved from April 3 to May 4.

Vancouver at Edmonton, moved from April 12 to May 8.

Ottawa at Calgary, moved from April 20 to May 9.

Vancouver at Winnipeg, moved from April 4 to May 10.

Vancouver at Winnipeg, moved from April 6 to May 11.

Toronto at Ottawa, moved from May 10 to May 12.

Vancouver at Edmonton, moved from April 14 to May 13.

Calgary at Vancouver, moved from May 8 to May 15.

Vancouver at Calgary, moved from April 8 to May 16.

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