According to an official announcement from the Pittsburgh Penguins via their social media platforms, the team has elected to sit nine players due to risks associated with potential exposure to COVID-19.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will be voluntarily sidelining nine players from their training camp roster due to potential secondary exposure to an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. (1 of 3)
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 13, 2020
The team learned of the possible secondary exposure on Sunday, July 12. The decision to isolate this group of players was made out of an abundance of caution in an effort to avoid exposure to anyone else within the organization.
The Pens announced 9 players are being held out due to possible secondary exposure to COVID. Here are the 11 players not on the ice for practice: Hornqvist, Angello, Adam Johnson, Sam Miletic, Samuel Poulin, Philip Varone, P-O Joseph, Riikola, DeSmith, Alex D’Orio, Emil Larmi.
— Mike DeFabo (@MikeDeFabo) July 13, 2020
The nine players will not participate until they are deemed safe in accordance with NHL protocol and further test results.
By Jon Sorensen