Canadiens forward Joel Armia in COVID-19 protocol on the eve of the Stanley Cup final

Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia has been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol and will not travel with the team for the start of the Stanley Cup final on Monday against the Lightning in Tampa, Fla.

General manager Marc Bergevin made the announcement after Armia was not in training in Montreal before the Canadiens traveled to take on the Lightning.

Game 1 of the finals is Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

A player on the protocol list has not necessarily tested positive for COVID-19. Players who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive, for example, are also on the list.

Armia spent 19 days in protocol from March 22 to April 9.

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The Canadians are also without interim coach Dominique Ducharme, who has remained in isolation since testing positive for COVID-19 on June 18.

Assistant coach Luke Richardson has returned to the bench, and Ducharme is unlikely to return until Game 3 for the Canadiens on Friday.

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