In a statement released Friday, the NHL said more than 200 players have been tested since he started to allow clubs to open facilities to the small group of skates earlier this month.
“Since the NHL, the clubs were allowed to open their training facilities on 8 June, all players entering these facilities for training volunteers were subjected to mandatory testing for COVID-19,” the statement reads. “Through (Friday), over 200 players have been subjected to several tests. A total of 11 of these players have been tested positive.
“All the players who have tested positive have been folded on themselves and are following the CDC and Health Canada protocols. The NHL is going to provide a weekly update on the number of tests administered to players and the results of these tests. The league will not provide information on the identity of the players or their clubs.”
Earlier Friday, the Tampa Bay Lighting announced that they had closed their training facilities after several employees of the team, including three players, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
The NHL Phase 2 come back and play allows teams to open training facilities in their home cities for groups of no more than six players. Phase 3 — which includes the opening of training camp for the 24 teams that could take the game in a modified playoff format — is currently scheduled to begin on 10 July.
The NHL has been stopped because of the COVID-19 pandemic since 12 March. If the game is able to resume, 12 teams in each conference report to two yet-to-be-named hub cities for the games. No timetable for the games will be held has been announced, but the format will see the four best teams of each conference play against each other for seeding. Teams of five to 12 in each conference will be matched and play in a best-of-five series to determine the last four playoff spots in each conference.