OHL's Flint Firebirds sidelined by COVID-19 after 11 positive tests

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The Ontario Hockey League has seen another one of its clubs sidelined by COVID-19.

The OHL announced Friday the Flint Firebirds have suspended all team activities as a result of 11 members of their organization testing positive.

The league says all players and staff affected are "currently asymptomatic or exhibiting mild symptoms."

Flint represents the third major coronavirus outbreak on the junior circuit this season.

The Erie Otters, another U.S.-based club, were also forced to suspend activities earlier this week when 13 players tested positive.

The Sudbury Wolves had six of their games postponed after 12 positive cases were discovered two weeks ago.

Games involving Flint and Erie set for Friday and Saturday have been postponed.

The league also announced Friday it was postponing two games involving the Niagara IceDogs due to COVID-19 protocols.

Friday’s match between the IceDogs and Wolves was postponed, as well as Saturday’s encounter featuring Niagara and the North Bay Battalion. The league says both games will be rescheduled.

The OHL has been forced to scratch a total of 18 games so far this season because of COVID-19, including 12 this week.

The league requires all players, staff, officials and billets to be vaccinated.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 17, 2021.

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