Twitter shows support for Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme after being sidelined
The Canadiens will be shorthanded for the third critical game of their Stanley Cup semi-final series against the Golden Knights.
Interim coach Dominique Ducharme will not be able to get into the action. He isolates after the irregularities of COVID-19.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman announced that Ducharme would have tested positive after his morning press conference was canceled.
Montreal head coach Dominique Ducharme has a confirmed positive COVID test and will not participate in Game 3 tonight. I’ll wait for more information, but that’s what we know at the moment.
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 18, 2021
If he has a positive test, then Ducharme will be sidelined for at least 10 days. That would knock him out for the rest of the Montreal vs Vegas series, to the bare minimum.
At this time, it is not known whether any Habs players or staff have tested positive for the virus.
Ducharme received his second dose of the vaccine on June 9, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Engels.
He received his second dose on June 9, along with the rest of the Canadians who chose to be vaccinated.
– Eric Engels (@EricEngels) June 18, 2021
Following his isolation and potential positive test, Montreal fans took to Twitter to support Ducharme and the Canadiens.
I find the situation really heartbreaking for Dominique Ducharme! It will be a test of character for the Canadiens tonight! #GoHabsGo
– Guillaume Séguin (@GuillaumeSegg) June 18, 2021
All my thoughts are with the extraordinary human being Dominique Ducharme. I wish her health above all! 💙
– Nicolas Joyal (@NicolasJoyalThr) June 18, 2021
I ate terribly for Dominique Ducharme.
– Rick Springhetti (@ Rick1042) June 18, 2021
Ducharme replaced Claude Julien as the Canadiens coach on February 24 after Montreal lost two straight games to Ottawa and five of six games. After that, Ducharme posted a 15-16-7 record for the Canadiens and led them to the playoffs, where they posted a 9-4 record in 13 games to reach the Stanley Cup semi-finals.
In Ducharme’s absence, assistant coaches Luke Richardson and Alex Burrows will likely lead the squad. Richardson has been with the Canadiens since 2018 while Burrows, a former forward known for his biting antics in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, was hired as an assistant after Ducharme was promoted to interim coach earlier this year.
The Canadiens-Golden Knights series are tied 1-1 before Game 3. Montreal was already an underdog in this series, so it will have to overcome this latest setback to continue its unexpected run in the playoffs.