Red Wings' Bertuzzi enters COVID-19 protocol, will miss at least 5 games

Detroit Red Wings left wing Tyler Bertuzzi. (David Zalubowski/AP)

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Detroit Red Wings star winger Tyler Bertuzzi entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocol less than an hour before the team hosted the Seattle Kraken Wednesday.

Bertuzzi, who revealed before the season that he was not vaccinated, will be away from the team for 10 days and miss at least five games, head coach Jeff Blashill announced after the team's 4-3 shootout win over Seattle. He has missed all of the Red Wings' games played in Canada this season due to being unable to cross the border without a quarantine.

“It’s a personal choice, freedom of choice, and life choice,” Bertuzzi said of his decision not to be vaccinated in September.

The 26-year-old has nine goals and nine assists in 20 games this season. After the Kraken game, Bertuzzi will miss home games against the New York Islanders and Nashville Predators followed by road games against the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche.

Teammate Danny DeKeyser entered COVID-19 protocol on Nov. 24.

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