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Michael Stone to miss Tuesday’s practice due to NHL COVID-19 protocols

Calgary Flames defenceman Michael Stone will not practice on Oct. 12 due to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, the club announced Tuesday morning.

No additional explanation was given for Stone’s absence. There are multiple possible reasons for players entering COVID-19 protocols, including positive tests and close contact with confirmed positives.

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Flames general manager Brad Treliving told reporters on Sept. 15 that his club is “100 per cent vaccinated” for the 2021–22 season.

Under the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, fully vaccinated players are subject to relatively light restrictions compared to their unvaccinated counterparts. They’re subject to regular COVID-19 testing every three days and are required to wear masks and practice social distancing in certain situations.

Stone is the first Flames player placed on the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol list this season.