TSN sportscaster says number of Vancouver Canucks COVID-19 cases continues rising

Darren Dreger says that sources have told him that 18 players and three coaches have contracted the virus

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      The National Hockey League has a serious COVID-19 problem on its hands in Vancouver.

      Today, TSN broadcaster Darren Dreger tweeted that more than 20 players and coaches have tested positive.

      "Variant symptoms include vomiting, cramping and dehydration," Dreger declared. "Family members are getting it. Scary situation. Next 5-7 days will determine scheduling."

      That prompted Postmedia sports reporter Ben Kuzma to say that this figure isn't accurate.

      "The number is under 20," Kuzma stated on Twitter. "There haven't ben severe symptoms. Most experiencing mild headaches, fever, fatigue and lethargy."

      Kuzma also questioned whether any were vomiting.

      Dreger countered that he's been told 18 players and three coaches are infected.

      Moreover, he stated that the symptoms were provided by the same source and confirmed by an NHL source.

      The Canucks haven't publicly responded to today's tweets. Sixteen of 22 players are on the NHL's protocol list, which means they've been in proximity with someone who has tested positive.

      On April 1, the NHL postponed Canucks games through to Tuesday (April 6).


      After this story appeared, Canucks general manager Jim Benning expressed his gratitude to fans for their their support over the past week.

      "Our players, coaches and their families are grateful for the messages and we all hope for a return to full health as soon as possible," he said in a statement. "Our focus continues to be the health of everyone involved and we are thankful for the extraordinary health care and guidance we have received from our team's  medical staff, BC's health officials, and from NHL and NHLPA medical experts."