While the NHL hasn’t been making announcements on which players have tested positive for COVID-19, a handful of players have acknowledged that they have had the virus. Two more have done so recently in Canadiens defenseman Brett Kulak and Senators center Jayce Hawryluk.
Following practice today, Kulak confirmed to reporters, including Sportsnet’s Eric Engels (Twitter links) that he was dealing with symptoms for a little more than a week after initially testing negative just prior to the start of camp. Two positive tests quickly followed and he was only recently cleared to rejoin the team. The 26-year-old is in the mix for a spot on Montreal’s third pairing for their series against Pittsburgh but after missing so much of camp, he might be on the outside looking in for next weekend’s start.
Meanwhile, Hawryluk was among those that tested positive back in March when the pandemic was just beginning. He discussed what happened with Thomas Drance of The Athletic (subscription required) and wonders if he played through their last game (one in which he scored) with the virus. Of the five Senators to test positive, the pending restricted free agent is the only one to publicly confirm his positive test.