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Wild add 5 players to COVID protocol list; next four games – at least –postponed

According to the team officials, Jared Spurgeon, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Johansson have been added to the COVID-19 protocol list.
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Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno during an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild's next four games have been postponed after the team added five players to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list on Wednesday.

According to a press release from the Wild, the NHL has postponed the team's games through at least Feb. 9 and is looking at revising the team's schedule. Minnesota announced it has closed its team's training facility until further notice.

Wild forward Marcus Foligno sat out the team's previous two games against the Colorado Avalanche after being placed COVID-19 list over the weekend. On Wednesday, the Wild announced that they've added team captain Jared Spurgeon, Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Johansson to the list.

"The Wild organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its Players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies," the Wild press release reads.

The Wild become the most recent to team to experience a COVID-19 breakout within the locker room. Over the weekend, multiple players from the Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils were placed on the COVID-19 list, forcing both teams to cancel games.