“Since the NHL clubs were authorized to open their training facilities on June 8, all players entering these facilities for voluntary training have been subjected to mandatory tests for COVID-19. To date, more than 200 players have undergone multiple tests, “said the statement. Lily. “In total, 11 of these players tested positive. All players who tested positive have self-isolated and follow CDC and Health Canada protocols. The NHL will provide a weekly update on the number of tests administered to players and the results. The league will not provide information on the identity of players or their clubs. “
The NHL also noted that it would not reveal the identities of any of the players who test positive for COVID-19. Earlier on Friday, the Toronto Maple Leafs issued a similar statement, saying they “will not comment on reports surrounding the testing for any of the players or club staff,” after a report was received on one of their players. players that turned out to be positive.
Also on Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning was forced to temporarily close its training center during Phase 2 because several players and some staff members tested positive for COVID-19, according to TSN Hockey insider Bob McKenzie. McKenzie believes that three players and two staff members have tested positive and adds that the remaining players and staff have been tested. The training center is expected to reopen if there are no more positive tests.
NHL training camps, otherwise known as phase 3 of the league’s return to play plan, are scheduled to begin on July 10.