The Canadians will be understaffed in the crucial third game of the Stanley Cup semifinal against the Golden Cavaliers.
Interim coach Dominic Ducham will not be able to participate in the game. After the COVID-19 violation, he is in isolation.
Elliotte Friedman of Sports.com broke the news that Ducham was deemed to have tested positive after his early morning press conference was cancelled.
It is believed that Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme (Dominique Ducharme) tested positive for the new crown virus and will not participate in the third game tonight. Will wait for further information, but this is what we currently know.
— Elliott Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 18, 2021
If his test result is positive, then Ducharme will be absent for at least 10 days. This will at least allow him to be eliminated in the remaining time of the Montreal vs. Vegas series.
At present, it is not clear whether any Canadian players or staff have tested positive for the virus.
According to Eric Engels of Sportsnet, Ducham received a second dose of the vaccine on June 9.
He received the second dose of vaccine on June 9th, and the rest of Canadians opted for the vaccine.
— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 18, 2021
After he was quarantined and potentially tested positive, Montreal fans supported Ducham and the Canadians on Twitter.
I found that this situation really broke Dominique Ducharme’s heart! Tonight will be a test of Canadian character! #GoHabsGo
-Guillaume Séguin (@GuillaumeSegg) June 18, 2021
All my thoughts are related to the extraordinary man Dominique Ducharme. I wish her health above all else! 💙
-Nicholas Joyal (@NicolasJoyalThr) June 18, 2021
I ate badly for Dominique Ducharme
— Rick Springhetti (@Rick1042) June 18, 2021
After Montreal lost consecutive games against Ottawa and five of the six games, Ducham replaced Claude Julian as the coach of the Canadians on February 24. After that, Ducham led the Canadians to the playoffs with a score of 15-16-7, and they advanced to the Stanley Cup semi-finals with a score of 9-4 in 13 games.
In the absence of Ducham, assistant coaches Luke Richardson and Alex Burrows may lead the team. Richardson has played for the Canadians since 2018, and after Ducham was promoted to interim coach earlier this year, the former forward named Burrows, known for his biting antics in the 2011 Stanley Cup final, was killed. Hired as an assistant coach.
The Canadians and the Golden Cavaliers drew 1-1 in the third game. The Montreal team is already at a disadvantage in this series, so it must overcome recent setbacks to keep its unexpected playoffs running.