NHL announces that Canucks weekend home games postponed against Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes

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      Any fears of a super-spreader event at Rogers Arena this weekend have been averted.

      Due to a rising number of Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs entering the NHL's COVID protocols, the league has announced the postponement of two games in Vancouver.

      In addition to this afternoon's match against the Leafs, the league says a Canucks game has been postponed on Sunday (December 19) against the Arizona Coyotes.

      "Tickets for the Canucks games this weekend will be valid for the rescheduled dates," the Canucks said in a statement. "Ticket holders are asked to hold onto their tickets and the Canucks will provide more information as soon as it is available."

      The decision to postpone both games came after consultation between the clubs' medical groups, the NHL, and the NHLPA.

      Another Canuck player, defenceman Tyler Myers, was added to the COVID-19 protocols today. Luke Schenn, Juho Lammikko, Brad Hunt, Tucker Poolman, Tyler Motte, and assistant coach Jason King were all put on that list earlier this week.

      Four Toronto Maple Leafs are also on the list: Alexander Kerfoot, John Tavares, Jason Spezza, and Wayne Simmonds.

      Three Arizona Coyotes also entered COVID-19 protocols earlier this week: Lawson Crouse, Jay Beagle, and Alex Galchenyuk.

      On Sunday at 11:59 p.m., the B.C. government's new restrictions kick in, limiting capacity to 50 percent for events with crowds in excess of 1,000.

      That means future Canucks home games will only be at half-capacity until January 31, when the province's restrictions are scheduled to expire.