NHL Reports 27 Positive COVID Tests, 22 Unavailable Players


NHL Reports 27 Positive COVID Tests, 22 Unavailable Players

In preparation for the season opening, NHL teams from the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Conferences are conducting training camps. Unfortunately, the league reported yesterday that 27 people across nine different clubs have tested positive during training.

“The NHL concluded its 2020-21 formal training camps for the 31 teams with a total of 27 Players with confirmed positive test results for COVID-19 among nine different clubs. The results include 17 Players on the Dallas Stars – most of whom are asymptomatic and all of whom are currently recovering without complication,” the NHL says in a statement released following the results.

Since last year, the NHL has administered nearly a million tests to players and other personnel. Outbreaks still happen, so as part of the NHL 2020-21 regular season policy, the league will start providing regular updates on the results of tests administered to players, including the identities of players. This policy was officially implemented in the last week of December.

During the two-week training period from December 30 to January 11, players were tested on a daily basis by the NHL. Covering those weeks, a total of approximately 12,000 tests were administered for over 1,200 players. 27 of them tested positive for COVID-19.

The rising cases and continuous outbreaks within the league are alarming, especially now that the situation affects live matches. But the NHL ensures the public that plans and protocols are in place.

While the training camp continues, some players will be unavailable in accordance with the NHL’s new COVID-19 protocols. Players can be unavailable as a result of a number of factors, including pending COVID test results, mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals, required quarantine as a high-risk close contact, isolation based on a confirmed positive test result, and quarantine for individuals who traveled outside their states or countries recently.

Here’s the list of players not joining their respective teams on Wednesday:

  • James Neal
  • J.T. Miller
  • Nikolaj Ehlers
  • Lawson Crouse
  • Karson Kuhlman
  • Erik Johnson
  • Mikko Koivu
  • Darren Helm
  • Christian Djoos
  • Gaetan Haas
  • Markus Nutivaara
  • Cal Petersen
  • Kurtis MacDermid
  • Sean Walker
  • Alex Stalock
  • Mikael Granlund
  • Luca Sbisa
  • Justin Richards
  • Shayne Gostisbehere
  • Kasperi Kapanen
  • Max Letunov
  • Jordie Benn