As the NHL enters Phase 3 of their return to play plan, they announced on Monday that 30 players tested positive over the course of their Phase 2 testing. In addition, 13 other players tested positive outside the NHL’s testing.
The NHL says all players who tested positive have been, or currently are self-isolating and following all CDC and Health Canada guidelines.
Over 600 players reported to Phase 2 optional training activities, and 4,934 COVID-19 tests were administered.
Per the NHL’s guidelines, Phase 3 is formal training camp for hockey teams returning to play.
“Unlike the Phase 2 voluntary small-group workouts, there is no limit to the number of players participating in workouts, and coaches, general managers and hockey operations personnel are permitted to have direct interaction with the players,” the guidelines say.
“Players, team personnel and other personnel who will be in the vicinity of players (ice and building maintenance, security, etc.) will be tested 48 hours prior to returning to team facilities and every other day after that.
“They will conduct symptom and temperature self-checks daily at home not more than two hours prior to entering team facilities. In addition, teams will administer separate temperature and symptom checks at team facilities prior to permitting the players or personnel to enter.”