San Jose Sharks winger Marcus Sorensen was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 list on Friday and was unable to play in the team’s game with the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 28-year-old Sorensen joins Tomas Hertl as the two Sharks players on the list. Hertl first appeared on the list on February 24, leading the Sharks and NHL to shut down the team’s practice facility, cancel training for two days and postpone the scheduled game with the Golden Knights on February 25.
It was later discovered that Hertl tested positive for the coronavirus. He remains isolated and won’t be able to play until at least the middle of next week.
Reasons for adding a player to the NHL’s COVID list include an initial positive test that will not be confirmed by the completion of the confirmatory test, mandatory isolation for symptomatic individuals, or required quarantine as close contact at high risk.
Players may also be put on the list due to isolation from a confirmed positive test result and / or quarantine for travel or other reasons as stated in the league’s protocol.
“We’re just waiting for Marcus,” said coach Bob Boughner of the Sharks’ 5-4 extra time against Vegas. “There are many reasons guys get on the list. I think you can see that across the league. These guys get added and removed from the list a few days later, and we hope that Marcus does.
“We are on hold, but at this point there is nothing in particular.”
Sorensen trained on Thursday and was supposed to be playing against the Golden Knights with Joel Kellman and Kurtis Gabriel at the time. Friday played Matt Nieto with Kellman and Gabriel.
Sorensen, who is in his fifth season with the Sharks, has one goal and one assist in 15 games this year. He has an average of 11 minutes and 38 seconds of ice time per game this season.