Canadian government will decide quarantine length for Jets’ Dubois

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Pierre-Luc Dubois is a member of the Winnipeg Jets. That much is clear by now.

What isn’t clear, though, is when Dubois will be able to join his new team and begin contributing to its cause.

During the Headlines segment of Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston explained that the length of Dubois’s quarantine upon entering Winnipeg (via Columbus) will be up to the discretion of the Canadian government.

“(Dubois) flew into Winnipeg on Saturday, and ultimately (the government) will decide how long this quarantine will end up being,” Johnston said.

The standard quarantine period for people entering Canada is 14 days. Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Saturday that Winnipeg has requested to get that period reduced to seven days.

“That’s something that all the Canadian teams are a part of, in fact,” Johnston said. “They want the same (seven-day) quarantine that was extended during training camp. They’ve made that application to the government, and now it’s in the government’s hands.”

The Jets are also looking into securing a private flight for the 22-year-old centre, though even if they are successful it will have no bearing on his quarantine period. In the U.S., the use of the private flight can reduce a player’s quarantine period.

If Dubois is granted a seven-day quarantine period, he could be ready to play for the Jets as soon as Saturday, Jan. 30 at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

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