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Sharks, Barracuda update COVID protocol list

In a corresponding move, the Barracuda have recalled 4 players from the ECHL.

Santeri Hatakka #61 of the San Jose Sharks skates ahead with the puck against the Winnipeg Jets in a regular season game at SAP Center on October 30, 2021 in San Jose, California Photo by Amanda Cain/NHLI

On Oct. 30, ahead of the San Jose Sharks’ game against the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Center, seven Sharks players were placed on the COVID Protocol list, including a San Jose Barracuda player and Head Coach Bob Boughner.

Some updates have been given concerning the Sharks’ protocol list, Nov 1.

Current Sharks players in NHL COVID-19 Protocol:

  • Jonathan Dahlen (F)
  • Matt Nieto (F)
  • Kevin Labanc (F)
  • Erik Karlsson (D)
  • Jake Middleton (D)
  • Radim Simek (D)
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D)

Current Sharks staff in NHL COVID-19 Protocol:

  • Bob Boughner

Forward Andrew Cogliano has been removed from the COVID Protocol list, and rejoined the team in practice on Nov. 1, as did Logan Couture, who has continued to test negative despite feeling under the weather with symptoms consistent with COVID. Several of the Sharks players in COVID Protocol are symptomatic.

The Barracuda players who were brought up on Oct. 30 to fill in for the players listed on the COVID protocol remain with the Sharks for the time being, and were present in practice.

The Barracuda haven’t escaped the bad luck, and several of their players and staff have been placed in AHL COVID Protocol, as well. Their game against the Stockton Heat, scheduled for Oct. 31 was postponed due to an insufficient number of players being available.

Current Barracuda players in AHL COVID-19 Protocol:

  • Noah Gregor (F)
  • Zachary Sawchenko (G)

Current Barracuda staff in AHL COVID-19 Protocol:

  • Dany Sabourin

In response to their depleted line up due to COVID Protocol and Sharks call-ups, the Barracuda recalled four players from the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears.

Recalled players:

  • Kyle Topping (F)
  • Jake McGrew (F)
  • Montana Onyebuchi (D)
  • Zach Emond (G)

The Barracuda are scheduled to play the Stockton Heat on Nov. 3 at SAP Center.

Per the release, all Sharks and Barracuda players and staff are fully vaccinated, and are compliant with NHL and AHL guidelines and testing protocols.