Jets return to practice a day after suspending workouts due to COVID concerns

The Winnipeg Jets have returned to practice a day after suspending workouts due to a possible exposure to COVID-19.

The Jets took to the ice at Bell MTS Place this morning before leaving for Toronto for a game Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Winnipeg cancelled its practice Saturday over what the team called “an abundance of caution” regarding a possible exposure to the novel coronavirus.

The Jets haven’t played since opening their 2020-21 season with a 4-3 overtime win over visiting Calgary on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, head coach Paul Maurice said defenceman Tucker Poolman “will not make the trip” to Toronto as he is on the team’s COVID protocol list.

The team did not specify why Poolman was placed on the COVID protocol list.

The NHL started its 2020-21 season Wednesday amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in both Canada and the United States.

Several teams have had their start affected by some degree by the global pandemic.

Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers was held out of practice Wednesday while in COVID-19 protocol, but played in Winnipeg’s season-opener.

Defenceman Josh Morrissey said Saturday’s unplanned break was not too hard of a hit, since the team did not have a game on Sunday.

Morrissey said athletes can be creatures of habit, but the COVID-19 situation is changing that.

“You have to be sort of willing to adapt, and probably for myself and a lot of guys and people it’s not the easiest thing to do,” he said.

“I like to have a schedule and be able to follow it. But if I’ve learned anything it’s you have to be able to adapt.”