Lukas Reichel Has COVID, Out Of World Junior Championships

While it doesn’t impact the Blackhawks immediate roster considerations, Hawks fans were dealt some unfortunate news on Tuesday morning.

The German Ice Hockey Federation announced that forwards Lukas Reichel and Nino Kinder both tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be permitted to travel with the team to Edmonton for the tournament.

Reichel was the Blackhawks’ first round pick (17th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft.

7 thoughts on “Lukas Reichel Has COVID, Out Of World Junior Championships

  • December 8, 2020 at 8:40 am
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    Too bad Covid is taking rthese guys out of wjcs, was looking forward to watching them participate.

  • December 8, 2020 at 10:51 am
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    Bummer. For me WJC is one of the highlights of the year. Chance to watch the yutes and high intensity, entertaining hockey. At least we should be able to see plenty of Dach.

  • December 8, 2020 at 11:14 am
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    :( :(
    Long term health is more important than
    hockey. Hope he has mild case and a full recovery.

  • December 8, 2020 at 2:36 pm
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    Very true Stephanie, tend to mistakenly think because of their age it won’t be serious.

  • December 8, 2020 at 8:34 pm
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    Jordy, I like world juniors the most because of good action and country also for who does good against other teams loaded. Its easy/per say against weaker teams. These games are full rosters and see whos good against same age range comp.

  • December 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm
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    His health is the most important. Hope he is well soon.

  • December 9, 2020 at 3:32 pm
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    @Stefanie: fully agree. As it’s being used, “recovered” just means “survived” which is misleading. The range of deficits reported by some survivors – many of which are quite debilitating – is troubling. And as the only nurse (at least that I know of) on this board I hope you get the vaccine lickety split.

    @ Mo: the WJC is as intense as it gets – the kids put it all out there. We’ll see how full the rosters are this year.

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