Nanaimo Clippers hit pause after potential positive COVID-19 test


The Nanaimo Clippers pod season in the BC Hockey League is paused after the team experienced a potential positive COVID-19 test result.

The BCHL didn’t announce a confirmed case of COVID-19 among the Clippers players and personnel but chose to pause activities while awaiting further analysis of the potential positive result.

The Clippers game Thursday against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs is postponed and team facilities will be empty as all members isolate due to an abundance of caution.

The game against Alberni Valley is the first to be postponed for virus-related reasons since the BCHL pod-based season started on Apr. 2. Nanaimo’s next game is now set for Friday against Victoria at 1 pm.

Nanaimo played Tuesday night against the Cowichan Valley at the Weyerhaeuser Arena in Port Alberni, which is home to the Clippers, Capitals, Bulldogs, and Grizzlies as a four-team pod this season.

The Clippers have a 4-2-0 record so far this season. The BCHL indicated it will provide an additional update once the analysis of the potential positive COVID-19 test is complete.