Canadiens place assistant coach Luke Richardson in COVID-19 protocol

Montreal Canadiens replacement interim head coach Luke Richardson, left, talks with goaltender Carey Price during practice in Brossard, Que., south of Montreal. (Graham Hughes/CP)

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The Montreal Canadiens have placed assistant coach Luke Richardson in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the team announced Saturday.

Richardson, who turned 53 years old on Saturday, has coached with the Canadiens since 2018, when Claude was Montreal's head coach. Last season, he manned Montreal's bench as interim head coach for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semi-finals against the Vegas Golden Knights after Dominique Ducharme tested positive.

Before coaching, the longtime stay-at-home defenceman amassed 1,417 NHL games played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.

Richardson will not accompany the Canadiens as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night.

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