Jets announce Mark Scheifele is in NHL's COVID-19 protocol

NHL profile photo on Winnipeg Jets player Mark Scheifele at a game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alta. on March 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Larry MacDougal

Winnipeg Jets centre Mark Scheifele has entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, the team announced Thursday.

A player entering the protocols does not necessarily mean they have tested positive for the virus.

On Thursday, the Jets confirmed that Scheifele was asymptomatic after receiving a positive test, and has since returned a negative test. Scheifele will receive a third test before Thursday's game and if that is also negative, he could still play against the Ducks.

In two games this season, the 29-year-old has two assists after missing the start of the season completing his suspension from the 2021 playoffs.

The news comes after captain Blake Wheeler tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and was symptomatic. Wheeler entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol on Monday, and could be eligible to return as early as Oct. 28, but will be out for at least four games.

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