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Charlie Coyle is Bruins’ latest addition to COVID protocols

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Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle was added to the NHL’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols Sunday.

The organization has been hit particularly hard by the virus this month. The Bruins have not played since Dec. 16, with at least nine players and two club staff in the protocols as of Dec. 18.

The NHL extended its previously scheduled holiday break to six days as COVID spread around the league, and it will resume games no sooner than Tuesday. The Bruins’ next game is at the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday, but it remains to be seen whether they will have enough healthy players to dress for the game.

Bruins players who were in COVID protocols when the pause went into effect included top scorer Brad Marchand, captain Patrice Bergeron and goalie Jeremy Swayman. The team was also without coach Bruce Cassidy for a period of time due to him testing positive.

Coyle, 29, has tallied seven goals and seven assists in 26 games this season for Boston. In a 10-year career split between the Minnesota Wild (2012-2019) and the Bruins, Coyle has amassed 315 points (122 goals, 193 assists) over 647 games.

–Field Level Media

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