Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme will be out 10 days after a positive COVID-19 test was confirmed by a second test, the NHL announced.
The news was first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet also issued a similar report.
Ducharme was sent home Friday morning and did not speak to the media as scheduled. He was tested a second time on Friday and those results decided his fate. Game 3 is Friday night at 8:00 p.m. at the Bell Centre against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Ducharme, 48, has been vaccinated twice as has every member of the team who has opted to be vaccinated. The team was in Las Vegas, but everyone was restricted to their hotel and the arena, and had no interaction with the public.
Luke Richardson is currently the only assistant with head coaching experience. He will take over as head coach. Alex Burrows and Sean Burke will be the assistants behind the bench.
#Habs GM Marc Bergevin says Luke Richardson will run the bench tonight with assistants Alex Burrows and Sean Burke.— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 18, 2021
No players have been added to the NHL’s COVID Unavailable list when it was updated after 5 p.m. Eastern.
Marc Bergevin says that Dominique Ducharme is doing well, and they are in contact with local health authorities and the NHL to see when he will be eligible to return.— Jared Book (@jaredbook) June 18, 2021