Blue Jackets Hold Several Players Out of Practice Due to COVID-19 Protocols

By 1OB Staff on January 8, 2021 at 11:07 am
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand fights for the puck against Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
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It's almost like there's a pandemic going on.

The Blue Jackets are less than a full week into their 2020-21 training camp, and on Friday, announced they were holding "a number of players" out of practice. The team says the move is out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

If you'll recall, the Blue Jackets had to close their facilities earlier in the fall (prior to camp) after several players contracted or were exposed to COVID-19. 

In these uncertain times, you can expect more of these updates as the season moves along. The NHL and NHLPA's agreement on a return to play included detailed protocols for dealing with COVID-19 issues within their teams, and just as the world deals with this virus, hockey will have to do the same.

There are 40 healthy players in camp with the Blue Jackets. According to Jeff Svoboda of, only 21 skated on Friday.