Lightning Family Members Denied Exemption to Travel to Canada for Stanley Cup Final

David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesFamily members won't be invited to the Tampa Bay Lightning's Game 4 Stanley Cup victory celebration.According to ESPN's Emily Kaplan: Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner, stated that the Canadian government did not grant exemptions for Lightning relatives who wanted to attend the game against Montreal Canadiens.The Canadian government granted the NHL's request to a travel exemption. This allowed teams to travel freely between Canada and the U.S. during the last two rounds of the postseason, without the need to be quarantined.The league agreed to require that all teams entering the country undergo daily coronavirus tests and live in a modified bubble, where they have no contact with the general public.According to the Canadian government's website anyone entering the country "regardless" of their citizenship must be quarantined for 14 days, even if they have no COVID-19 symptoms.Kaplan pointed out that Lightning players, coaches, and staff have "only been able to transport between their hotel and arena" since arriving in Montreal before Game 3 of this Stanley Cup Final.Dominique Ducharme, interim head coach of the Canadiens, was back on the bench in Friday's 6-3 defeat. After being positive for COVID-19, he had missed six of the previous games.The Lightning will attempt to win the Stanley Cup Final in Game 4 of the Bell Centre. They would be the first team to become champions again since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015-16, 2016-17.