By: Andrew Lindroth | Follow me on Twitter @andrewlindrothh
The Boston Bruins announced today that they were recently informed that one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, the player has taken two more tests, and the results have come back negative. The player remains asymptomatic and has not visited any practice facilities since opening this past week during the second phase of the league’s Return to Play Plan.
“The player underwent two subsequent tests, and both returned negative,” the team said in a statement. “The player remains asymptomatic. The Bruins will continue to follow CDC recommendations and adhere to the NHL’s protocol.”https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
During the video-conference, Don Sweeney also mentioned that the player who tested positive would not enter any of the training facilities until being tested again next week. All of the Boston Bruins players who have begun to participate in the training facilities have tested negative. The Bruins player is now the 10th NHLer to test positive for COVID-19, with the most recent case from the Pittsburgh Penguins announcing a player testing positive on June 4th.
The NHL recently announced the next phase for returning to play, with formal training camps starting July 10th. Although the Penguins and Bruins recently announced a player testing positive for COVID-19, it has been since April 7th when the Colorado Avalanche announced that their third player contracted the virus. You begin to wonder whether or not a rise in positive test results will put the season on another standby to control an outbreak, or if the league chooses to continue as planned.