07/13 13:14 CDT Penguins voluntarily sideline 9 players as NHL camps open
Penguins voluntarily sideline 9 players as NHL camps open
By JOHN WAWROW
AP Hockey Writer
The Pittsburgh Penguins opened training camp Monday after voluntarily
sidelining nine players who may have had secondary exposure to a person testing
positive for COVID-19.
The Penguins did not reveal which players were held out as a precautionary
measur. The NHL has barred teams from revealing injury or illness information
as a way to protect player privacy.
The players in question were potentially exposed to an individual who had
contact with a person who tested positive. The players will not be allowed to
practice until they are deemed safe following further test results based on NHL
The Penguins are the Eastern Conference's fifth-seeded team and scheduled to
face the 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens in a best-of-five qualifying round
series in Toronto.
All teams opened camps Monday in preparation for the NHL's 24-team playoffs,
scheduled to open in two hub cities --- Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta --- on
Aug. 1. Players had until Monday evening to elect to opt out of competition
The NHL announced that 43 players tested positive for the coronavirus from June
8 through the end of the league's optional workouts. The league said 4,934
COVID-19 tests were administered to more than 600 players. Of the 43, 30 tested
positive at team facilities and the others tested positive outside the NHL's
Phase 2 protocols.
All players who tested positive self-isolated.
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