Chicago Blackhawks cancel practice, citing possible COVID-19 exposure — but Sunday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets appears intact

Phil Thompson, Chicago Tribune
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The Chicago Blackhawks canceled Saturday’s practice at Fifth Third Arena “out of an abundance of caution due to potential exposure of COVID-19.”

The team said on Twitter, “The organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines to protect the health and safety of players and staff as set by the NHL as well as local and state agencies.”

The Hawks did not indicate the nature of the potential exposure or whether it related to a player or staff member.

The Hawks are set to play the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

The team indicated they still planned to have the morning skate before playing Sunday as scheduled.

The NHL keeps track of players placed on the COVID-19 protocols list, and as of Friday, the latest update, the Hawks’ “unavailable” players are Adam Boqvist, Alex DeBrincat and Lucas Wallmark. All were placed on the COVID-19 list earlier in the week.

The league’s list had yet to be updated as of Saturday morning.