It has been a harrowing day throughout North American professional sports with plenty of positive tests being identified, including in the NHL. The league released the following statement through their PR account on Twitter providing an update on their testing situation:
Since NHL Clubs were permitted to open their training facilities on June 8, all Players entering these facilities for voluntary training have been subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19. Through today, in excess of 200 Players have undergone multiple testing. A total of 11 of these Players have tested positive. All Players who have tested positive have been self-isolated and are following CDC and Health Canada protocols. The NHL will provide a weekly update on the number of tests administered to Players and the results of those tests. The League will not be providing information on the identity of the Players or their Clubs.
The current protocol is that players are tested once upon arriving in their club city and must test negative before they can take to the ice. Once that happened, they are tested a minimum of two times per week after that.
The league is currently in its second phase out of four in its Return to Play protocol with the third stage being the beginning of training camps and the fourth being the beginning of the play-in round or for the top four teams in each conference, a set of round robin games to determine postseason seeding. As things stand, it’s only in that final stage that full quarantining rules will be in effect. However, the final protocols are still being negotiated between the NHL and the NHLPA.