Hitmen and Tigers suspend team activities following positive COVID-19 test in Calgary cohort

The Calgary Hitmen and Medicine Hat Tigers have both suspended all team activities after a positive COVID-19 test result was found from a player within the Hitmen cohort.

According to a release from the Western Hockey League that came out on Friday afternoon, the Tigers were deemed a close contact after playing the Hitmen on Monday, but there has yet to be any positive COVID-19 test results within the Tigers cohort.

Friday’s announcement has also resulted in the postponement of the Tigers’ weekend series with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and a three-game set between the Hitmen and the Red Deer Rebels.

As a result, the Hurricanes and Rebels will now face each other on Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Meanwhile, the league also reported positive COVID-19 tests for the Kelowna Rockets and the Vancouver Giants.

The Rockets case came from a close contact from the seven previous cases that were announced on March 31. The player remains in isolation and the result does not impact their target date to return to team activities.

Meanwhile, the Giants case comes from a player who was undergoing a mandated quarantine and had yet to join the team cohort, which has resulted in no changes to their schedule.