October 20th, 2020

Sherbrooke Phoenix become second QMJHL team to face COVID-19 outbreak

By The Canadian Press on October 8, 2020.

The QMJHL logo is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - QMJHL

LONGUEUIL, Que. – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has a team dealing with multiple positive COVID-19 tests for the second-time this week.

The Sherbrooke Phoenix announced Thursday that eight members of their organization have tested positive.

The announcement comes one day after the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada announced they have 18 positive cases. The Phoenix and the Armada played twice last weekend as the QMJHL opened its season.

All Phoenix team activities are suspended and players and staff will be in isolation for 14 days.

Ten QMJHL games were postponed Wednesday, including four involving Sherbrooke over the next two weeks.

The QMJHL also has had to react to an announcement prohibiting sport in COVID-19 hot zones in the Montreal and Quebec areas, affecting the Armada and Quebec Remparts.

The QMJHL is the only one of three Canadian major-junior hockey leagues to have opened play this season. The Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League have said they hope to start in December.

QMJHL teams are playing solely within their divisions, meaning the six Maritime clubs remain in the Atlantic bubble.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 8, 2020.

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