Six NHL players have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, including one not in phase two protocol, the league announced on Monday as it transitioned to phase three (training camps) of the return-to-play plan. 4934 players have been tested for the virus with 30 (0.06%) having tested positive.
In total, 13 players who were not in phase two protocol tested positive.
All players who have contracted the virus have been self-quarantining and been following the appropriate guidelines.
The NHL will continue releasing updates during phase three but has released a policy that player nor team identities will be named. Teams cannot announce any positive COVID-19 test results.
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“At least three” Montreal Canadiens players tested positive for the virus on Sunday, according to The Athletic’s Arpon Basu. The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on Monday that nine of their players were going to sit out the first day of training camp after they came in contact with an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for COVID-19.
Teams resuming play in COVID-19 hot spots include the Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Arizona Coyotes, Vegas Golden Knights, and Dallas Stars.
The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers are set to begin Saturday, August 1 in Edmonton and Toronto.
By Harrison Brown