Tampa Bay Lightning Temporarily Shuts Down Training Facility Due To COVID-19


TSN Hockey insider Bob McKenzie said the Tampa Bay Lightning had to temporarily shut down its training facilities during Phase 2 because several players and some staff members tested positive for COVID-19.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.

McKenzie also notes that players are by no means excluded from the public. The Florida Department of Health reported 3,822 new cases of coronavirus on Friday and 3,207 cases on Thursday.

Phase 2 of the return to play plan began last week when teams opened their training facilities for small groups of players and staff to conduct on and off-ice training.

Last week, a Boston Bruins player became the 10th player in the NHL to have a confirmed case of new coronavirus.

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced on June 4 that one of their players had tested positive. This is the first case reported among NHL players since the Colorado Avalanche said on April 7 that a third member of the team had returned a positive test result.

The other five players who tested positive are members of the Ottawa Senators.

NHL training camps are scheduled to open on July 10 as part of Phase 3.


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