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The three Tampa Bay Lightning players and two staff members who tested positive for COVID-19, which forced the team to shut down their facilities for five days after phase two of the NHL’s return-to-play plan opened last month, returned to the club’s informal practices on Monday morning, according to The Athletic’s Joe Smith.
The state of Florida topped 200,000 COVID-19 cases this past weekend. There are currently 14,336 COVID-19 cases in Hillsborough County, where Tampa is located.
The three players, who are anonymous, quarantined for 14 days. They were all asymptomatic with a “low-grade fever,” according to Smith.
NHL teams are set to open training camps, which will last for three weeks (two in their home cities and one in the hub city), a week from Monday.
The Lightning will take part in a three-game round-robin against the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, and Philadelphia Flyers to determine Stanley Cup Playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. The tournament will likely begin on Saturday, August 1.
The NHL and NHLPA are currently finalizing the phases three and four protocols before training camps open.
By Harrison Brown