The Colorado Avalanche announced Saturday that a second member of their team has tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The Colorado Avalanche were advised late last night that a second player has tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement. "The player is in self-isolation. All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated as per prior League direction and are monitoring their health and will be in touch with Club medical staff as necessary."

Saturday's announcement came two days after the first Avalanche player tested positive, though the unnamed player was said to have since recovered. The two Colorado players to test positive for the coronavirus doubled the NHL's previous total to four, after the Ottawa Senators announced last week that two of their players also had tested positive, the first known instances in the league.

The Sharks played their final game before the season was paused on the road, but they had a six-game homestand immediately prior to it. Their final two opponents on that homestand? The Senators on March 7 and the Avalanche on March 8.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced last week that none of their players had shown any symptoms of the coronavirus, and none had been tested as a result. The franchise did announce on March 12 that a part-time employee at SAP Center had tested positive, having last worked a game at the arena on March 3.


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The NHL season was indefinitely paused on March 12 over concerns about the coronavirus. On Wednesday, the league announced that the 2020 NHL Draft, along with the scouting combine and Bridgestone NHL Awards, also have been postponed, with new dates yet to be finalized.