Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 16: Patrice Bergeron #37 of the Boston Bruins is announced before the Bruins home opener against the Dallas Stars at TD Garden on October 16, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

COVID-19 has dealt another major blow to the Boston Bruins: the team announced Wednesday that captain Patrice Bergeron has been placed in the league’s COVID protocol.

Based on the protocols, Bergeron will need to spend at least 10 days in quarantine, even if he is asymptomatic. If he was exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, he’ll be subject to getting clearance from team doctors before returning to the team. The same applies for Brad Marchand and Craig Smith, who also entered the protocol this week.

The minimum 10-day absence means that Bergeron will be out for at least the next five games for the Bruins. They have an upcoming slate against teams that are also dealing with the spread of COVID-19, including the Carolina Hurricanes. As of Wednesday, the Bruins are scheduled to travel to Canada for a game on Saturday, Dec. 18 in Montreal, and Sunday, Dec. 19 in Ottawa. The Hurricanes, who are scheduled to play the Bruins on Tuesday, Dec. 21, postponed their game against the Minnesota Wild that was scheduled for Tuesday.

Bruins forward Nick Foligno spoke candidly on the Bruins’ COVID situation and the league’s stringent protocols in a new interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich. You can listen to the full interview below.

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