Dallas Stars expected to postpone start of season due to COVID-19 outbreak


On Friday, the NHL announced that the Dallas Stars, who lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, are expected to have the start of their season postponed until at least Jan. 19 due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the organization.

According to the league's release, six Stars players and two staff members "recently confirmed positive tests for the COVID-19 virus." 

The release also stated:

"Those individuals are self-isolating and following CDC and League protocols. As a result of the positive tests, and as an appropriate precaution, the team’s training facilities have been closed, effective immediately, and will remain closed for several days while further daily testing and contact tracing is conducted. The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Stars’ regular season schedule with the expectation that the team will not open its 2020-21 season earlier than Tuesday, January 19."

The Blackhawks' first meeting with the Stars for the 2020-21 season is scheduled for Feb. 7 at Dallas.

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