Oilers officially place head coach Dave Tippett into COVID-19 protocols

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett watches play from behind the bench. (Jeffrey McWhorter/AP)

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett has entered the league's COVID-19 protocols, the team confirmed after Tuesday's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Tippett was not behind the bench for the game, sitting out for what the team at first said were "precautionary reasons."

Tippett's addition to the protocols marks the second member of the Oilers organization to enter them on Tuesday, with forward Ryan McLeod being the first.

The coach being sidelined comes as a surge of positive COVID-19 results rocked the NHL, causing postponements and dramatic roster adjustments across the league.

In all, 17 players across league have been placed in protocols on Tuesday alone.

On Monday, the NHL postponed Calgary Flames games through Dec. 16 after six players and a staff member were placed in protocols. Tuesday's game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Minnesota Wild was postponed as well due to an outbreak on the Hurricanes' roster.

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