Penguins Players Can Return To The Ice On Tuesday For Voluntary Small-Group Training

Rachel Kalas
June 05, 2020 - 7:16 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Pittsburgh Penguins can return to the ice for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak on Tuesday, June 9th at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

Tuesday’s skate will be a voluntary small-group training, marking Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan.

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According to the plan, players and select staff permitted inside the facility will be tested for COVID-19 on Monday, June 8th.  Everyone must also complete a remote educational meeting prior to arriving.

The Penguins organization will follow the guidelines set by the Phase 2 protocol of the NHL’s Return to Play Plan, those of the CDC, as well as their own additional safety measures.

Players will train in groups of 6 and they must remain socially distant on and off-ice. There will also be specific arrival and departure times for the groups.

Specific procedures have also been set up at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex: the player lounge and common areas will be closed off, there will be non-contact points of entry/exit to the building, and the building/practices will not be open to the public or media.

The team asks fans to not congregate on the property, and that autographs will not be permitted.

The voluntary skates session will be similar to past year’s training camps, and coaches will not be permitted on the ice.

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