Flames' Michael Ferland out due to mumps concerns

Michael Ferland might be the next NHL player to contract mumps (Chris Young/CP)
Michael Ferland might be the next NHL player to contract mumps (Chris Young/CP)

The mumps has made its way into another NHL locker room. This time, It’s the Calgary Flames.

The team announced Sunday that forward Micheal Ferland will be out of the lineup for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, due to concerns that the 24-year-old has contracted the virus.

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The Flames are likely the third NHL club to be affected by the mumps in the past few weeks. Several players and coaches from both the Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild, including Zach Parise and Jason Pominville, were diagnosed in subsequent weeks back in February.

If tests come back positive for the mumps and a diagnosis is confirmed, Ferland will have to miss a minimum of five days and would not be eligible to suit up again until next Friday when the Flames face the Blues.

In his second full season with Calgary, Ferland has recorded 21 points with 14 goals in 67 games, while averaging just over 11 minutes of ice time and boasting a career-high 15.1 shooting percentage.

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