Canadiens add four players, assistant coach to NHL's COVID-19 protocols

The clock at the Bell Centre shows graphics before the postponement of an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers, in Montreal, Monday, March 22, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/CP)

The Montreal Canadiens have added four more players and an assistant coach to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list.

Forwards Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Jesse Ylönen, defenceman David Savard and goaltender Samuel Montembeault were placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list along with assistant coach Trevor Letowski.

That gives the Habs 20 players and two coaches in the league's protocol.

Forwards Brandon Baddock, Paul Byron, Laurent Dauphin, Jake Evans, Mike Hoffman, Artturi Lehkonen and Tyler Toffoli, defencemen Louie Belpedio, Ben Chiarot, Joel Edmundson, Gianni Fairbrother, Jeff Petry, Alexander Romanov and Chris Wideman and goaltenders Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau are also sidelined due to COVID-19 concerns.

Letwoski joins goaltending coach Eric Raymond in the protocol.

The Canadiens paused team activities to deal with the outbreak after Saturday's 5-2 loss to Florida.

Montreal's next scheduled game is on Jan. 12 in Boston, a game originally scheduled to be played in Montreal.

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