Canada-ROC Women’s Hockey Teams Wear N95 Masks On Ice After COVID Concerns (PHOTOS)

Sochi, RUSSIA - February 20, 2014: Shannon SZABADOS (CAN) at Canada vs. USA Ice hockey Women's Gold Medal Game at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games


The Canada vs. Russian Olympic Committee women’s hockey game had a different look in the wee hours of the morning on Monday following a lengthy delay.

The delay reportedly took place because Team ROC’s COVID-19 test results were not provided to Team Canada.

Last week, six members of the ROC team were placed in quarantine after testing positive for COVID. Once the one-hour delay ended, players returned to the ice wearing masks under their helmets.

Even the goalies were double-masked up.

Prior to the puck drop, Team ROC was actually on the ice at Wukesong Sports Centre but they were not joined by Team Canada due to the COVID concerns.

Once everything was cleared up, and the N95 masks were put on, the game went on as scheduled. For Canada, the delay and masks did not hurt them one bit as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

Some people mocked the masks on social media, but in a tournament setting — especially if you are a gold medal favorite like Canada — it is important to take every precaution to ensure your players will be available and ready to play as the tournament continues.

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