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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Thursday afternoon that one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is at least the fifth positive test from an NHL player with at least two players from the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators testing positive for the coronavirus before this case.
The player is not in Pittsburgh and has been self-quarantining since symptoms first popped up. He has recovered and is feeling well. The team notified other players who came in contact with him.
The Senators announced that four members of their organization tested positive after two players did but did not specify beyond that. The last time it was known that an NHL staff member tested positive was April 1.
The NHL paused its season due to the pandemic on March 12 and hope to allow clubs to reopen facilities for small group skates at some point this week if they have not already. They are hoping to allow clubs to hold mini-training camps in July but they will not start before July 10. The 2019-20 season could resume in August in a 24-team Stanley Cup Playoff format.
One of the issues that the NHL is facing right now is testing, which could cost them around $3 million to resume the season.
Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan told the media on March 30 that none of their players have shown symptoms.
Pittsburgh is a candidate to become one of two hub cities to host the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The cities will be announced in three weeks.
By Harrison Brown