Penguins voluntarily sideline nine players as NHL camps open

Ross Houston
July 15, 2020

Thirty National Hockey League players tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to club facilities for voluntary, limited workouts under Phase 2 of the return-to-play protocol, the league said on Monday.

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 August 1.

"The team learned of the possible secondary exposure on Sunday, July 12", the Penguins said in a statement on Monday.

All players who tested positive self-isolated. Of the 43, 30 tested positive at team facilities and the others tested positive outside the NHL's Phase 2 protocols.

The NHL is allowing teams to bring extended rosters to the hub cities; camp rosters can include 30 skaters and an unlimited number of goalies.

A lot of familiar faces joined Sidney Crosby on Monday for the Penguins' first practice of the NHL's return from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NHL said players who tested positive were or are now self-isolated and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Canada protocols. The NHL will release testing data during Phase 3. The NHL has barred teams from revealing injury or illness information as a way to protect player privacy.

"Essentially in this country, what we believe in is that certain medical things are private unless somebody chooses to make them public".

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