While testing their players for the coronavirus, the Boston Bruins were advised that one of their players tested positive, the team announced on Friday morning. The player, who is still asymptomatic, went through two more tests and both came out negative.
All Bruins players who have participated in informal skates, phase two of the NHL’s return to play plan, have tested negative for the virus.
This is the sixth known positive test from an NHL player with at least two players from each the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators and one from the Pittsburgh Penguins testing positive for the coronavirus before this case.
The NHL paused its season due to the pandemic on March 12 and announced earlier this week that teams may open mini-training camps on Friday, 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.
The Bruins won the Presidents’ Trophy since they owned the league’s best regular-season record at the time of the pause and will participate in a three-game round-robin against the Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers to determine tournament seeding in August.
BOSTON – Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan requires all players to be tested for COVID-19 prior to using the team’s facilities. As part of this process the Bruins were advised that a player tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player underwent two subsequent tests, and both returned negative. The player remains asymptomatic. The Bruins will continue to follow CDC recommendations and adhere to the NHL’s protocol.
All Bruins players who have returned to this point during Phase 2 have now returned negative test results.
The Bruins, in conjunction with the National Hockey League, are providing these details in an effort to be transparent and will provide no further information at this time.
By Harrison Brown