Vancouver Canucks defenceman has entered COVID-19 protocols, the club announced Monday.
Hughes, 22, was at the NHL’s All-Star game over the weekend where his brother, Jack, had also tested positive for COVID-19.
Canucks’ executive Jim Rutherford spoke to Rick Dhaliwal Monday, where he said the news was a tough break for the team and that Hughes will be unavailable to them for the next three games. The team is eyeballing a Feb. 17th return.
Just talked with Jim Rutherford on Quinn Hughes in covid protocol – He was at the all-star game in Vegas, tough break for us, we are scratching and clawing to stay in this race. He will not be available for us the next 3 games, hoping Feb 17th in San Jose.
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) February 7, 2022
Hughes has appeared in 45 games for the Cnaucks this season scoring just two goals, but adding 32 assists. Hughes ranks second on the Canucks in scoring and is tied for fifth in league scoring among defencemen.
The Canucks’ schedule post-all-star break will see them kick off a three-game homestand. The Arizona Coyotes pay visit Tuesday, before the New York Islanders visit Wednesday. The homestand finishes up Saturday when the Toronto Maple Leafs visit Rogers Arena.