Lightning training facilities deemed safe, reopened for training

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The Tampa Bay Lightning reopened its two training facilities on Wednesday, five days after they closed due to positive tests for COVID-19.

Three Lightning players and other staff members tested positive for the virus on June 19 and became isolated.The facilities were considered to be safe environments, allowing the Lightning to resume voluntary small group training as part of phase 2 of the NHL return to play plan. Phase 2 started on June 8. The NHL season was halted on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus.

“The Lightning is committed to doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff, fans and the community,” said general manager Julien BriseBois on June 19. “With a significant increase in cases in the city of Tampa, Hillsborough County and the state of Florida, we are crying out to everyone in the Bay Area, especially the young, to help slow the spread of the pandemic following diligently the recommendations of government officials by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and continuing to wash your hands regularly. We must work together as a community to slow the spread. ”

As part of the return to play plan, 24 teams will compete for the Stanley Cup. Tampa Bay (43-21-6, .657 percentage points) finished second in the Eastern Conference and will play a round robin in the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers to determine the standings for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The dates and the two hub cities – one for the 12 participating Eastern teams and one for the 12 Western Conference teams – have not been announced.



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