EVERETT — A day after having all their weekend games postponed due to weather, the Everett Silvertips announced they are pausing all team activities, including on-ice practices and off-ice training.
“The Everett Silvertips, in adherence to the Western Hockey League’s protocol, have paused team activities out of an abundance of caution as the team awaits results of their most recent COVID-19 tests,” the team said in a press release on Friday. “The Silvertips have taken the necessary precautions to quarantine their players and staff while monitoring symptoms and testing regularly. In accordance with local and federal CDC guidelines, the Everett Silvertips will be cleared to return to normal team activities next week.”
The Silvertips were one of 15 WHL teams pausing team activities “as a result of multiple players and staff being added to the WHL COVID-19 Protocol List due to exhibiting symptoms or having tested positive for COVID-19,” the league said in a press release.
Everett already had weekend games against Spokane on Friday and a back-to-back with Tri-City on Saturday and Sunday postponed due to the mountain passes being closed by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The Silvertips’ next scheduled game is set for Wednesday against Tri-City in Everett, and the team said the game “is currently slated to be played as scheduled.”
“The WHL and our member Clubs remain fully committed to playing through the 68-game WHL Regular Season schedule and Playoffs,” WHL commissioner Ron Robison said. “As we work through the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our priority continues to be to deliver a world-class development experience for WHL players, staff, and officials, and to do so in a safe and healthy manner. On behalf of the entire WHL, I wish to thank WHL fans and WHL corporate partners everywhere for their patience as we work to reschedule games in the coming weeks.”
Everett (23-6-2-2) currently sits atop the Western Conference standings, seven points ahead of Kamloops.