Blackhawks add three players to COVID-19 Protocol


The Chicago Blackhawks added Brandon Hagel, Erik Gustafsson and Sam Lafferty to COVID-19 Protocol Thursday, the team announced in a press release ahead of the match-up against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena.

Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry gave the following medical update:

"Forwards Brandon Hagel and Sam Lafferty, and defenseman Erik Gustafsson will not play in tonight’s game (COVID-19 protocol)."

The three players will join goalie Kevin Lankinen in protocols.

The team recalled forward Mike Hardman and defenseman Ian Mitchell from the Rockford IceHogs and have placed both players on the active roster.

Defenseman Nicholas Beaudin was also brought onto the active roster from the taxi squad.

Lafferty was acquired Wednesday in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Alex Nylander.

The Hawks look to win their first game since December 15.

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