NHL Confirms 15 Players Tested Positive for COVID-19 Since Phase 2 Opening

Brayton Wilson
June 29, 2020 - 2:54 pm

The National Hockey League gave its latest update regarding COVID-19 testing since the opening of Phase 2 of the league's Return To Play plan three weeks ago.

In a league statement, the NHL says that out of up to 250 players to have reported to their home facilities for the optional participation of Phase 2 activities, 15 players have tested positive for the coronavirus. The league says that it has conducted up to 1,450 COVID-19 tests to these players since June 8.

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The locations of the two hub cities for the NHL have yet to be announced, but it has been reported that Las Vegas, Nevada and Toronto, Ontario, Canada are the front-runners as of Monday. An official announcement of the hub cities is expected to come at some point this week.

At one point, the Tampa Bay Lightning were forced to shut down its training facilities after three players had tested positive for COVID-19, along with two staff members. However, the team has been allowed to re-open its facilities to the players.

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