The isolation of Dominique Ducharme, head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, will last 14 days, write various media.
Posted on June 19, 2021 at 6:54 p.m.
Sportnet reporter Chris Johnston was the first to report the news in the early evening through his Twitter account. Darren Dreger, a respected TSN informant, later got the same information, which the Canadian was unwilling to confirm.
Ducharme contracted COVID-19 and withdrew from the entourage of the team on Friday morning. A first test passed Thursday in Las Vegas, where the Habs have faced the Golden Knights twice in the last week, returned a positive result. Another test taken in Montreal confirmed the diagnosis.
The organization has not yet confirmed the length of his coach’s isolation period. Friday, general manager Marc Bergevin said he did not know how long his team should go without Ducharme.
If this hypothesis were true, it would mean that the Canadian would only reconnect with his coach if he reached the Stanley Cup final. Indeed, even if the CH and the Knights pushed their semi-final series to the limit of seven games, the final meeting would take place on Saturday, June 26, only 8 days after the start of Ducharme’s isolation.
In his absence, assistant coach Luke Richardson took his place behind the bench, although Ducharme continues to communicate with team members from a distance.
In addition, no positive test was revealed among the players and the coaching staff of the club on Saturday.