There has officially been a positive case of the novel coronavirus diagnosed in the NHL.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the player diagnosed with the virus is a member of the Ottawa Senators. Friedman went on to say that symptoms are not serious, and the Ottawa Senators have made a public announcement. The identity of the player has not been released.
The diagnosis comes five days after the NHL officially put a pause on their season, but none of its players had tested positive for the virus until now. To date, there have been eight confirmed cases of coronavirus in the NBA, including Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, and four members of the Brooklyn Nets, including superstar Kevin Durant.
On Sunday, it was reported that an unnamed full-time member of the Vancouver Canucks’ office staff had tested positive for the virus, but that person had no contact with any players, media, or management staff of the organization. A part-time employee of the San Jose Sharks’ arena staff at SAP Center was also confirmed to have tested positive as well.
Before the NHL’s indefinite suspension was announced, the Senators had just completed a three-game California road trip that saw them visit San Jose, Anaheim, and Los Angeles. California was a major COVID-19 hotbed at the time of the road trip.
Despite cancellations and postponements all around the sports world, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman remains optimistic that they will be able to finish their season and award the Stanley Cup in the near future.
On Monday, players that were already in quarantine in their NHL cities were told that they could return home, but to remain in quarantine once there.
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