Winnipeg Jets cancel practice due to possible COVID-19 exposure

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WINNIPEG — The Winnipeg Jets have cancelled their practice today due to a potential exposure to COVID-19.

The NHL team did not provide further details and said information regarding their schedule for Sunday will come at a later time.

The Jets are scheduled to visit the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday.

Winnipeg opened the season with a 4-3 overtime win over visiting Calgary on Thursday.

The NHL started its 2020-21 season Wednesday amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in both Canada and the United States.

Several teams have had their start affected by some degree by the global pandemic.

The Dallas Stars had their first four games postponed after 17 players tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Other teams have held players out or cancelled workouts due to suspected cases. Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers was held out of practice Wednesday while in COVID-19 protocol, but played in Winnipeg's season-opener.

Canucks forward J.T. Miller and defenceman Jordie Benn missed Vancouver's two games against Edmonton this week while in COVID-19 protocol.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 16, 2021.

The Canadian Press

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly had Winnipeg losing to Calgary on Thursday.