Blackhawks' Patrick Kane cleared to return from COVID-19 protocol

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane points to Alex DeBrincat after Kane's goal. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has been removed from the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

Assistant coaches Tomas Mitell and Matt Meacham also have left the protocol.

Kane is in the lineup as Chicago tries for its first win of the season Monday night against the Ottawa Senators. He missed the previous four games.

"It's just good to have him back in the locker room and on the ice," center Kirby Dach said.

Kane entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Oct. 23. He has one goal and four assists in five games this season.

The use of the COVID-19 list doesn't necessarily mean Kane or the coaches tested positive. They could have been deemed a close contact of someone who tested positive. The team was 100% vaccinated at the start of training camp.

Forwards Henrik Borgstrom and Jujhar Khaira and defenseman Riley Stillman remain in the protocol.

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