In Phase 2 of the NHL’s staggered re-opening, teams are allowed to have limited amounts of players practice in groups no larger than 6 participants at a time. Participation is voluntary but players must submit to testing for COVID-19, including temperature checks and more invasive methods. Well, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, players are testing positive.
The Bruins are just one of a few teams who have had a player test positive for the coronavirus. Last week, Tampa Bay shut down their facilities temporarily as it’s believed that 3 players and 2 staff have tested positive for the virus. Per guidelines, these personnel are self-quarantining.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 19, 2020
On Friday afternoon, word was that Auston Matthews tested positive for the coronavirus. This was gleefully reported by a human garbage pile that makes Joe Haggerty’s work look Pulitzer-worthy.
POSTMEDIA EXCLUSIVE: Auston Matthews has tested positive for COVID-19. My breaking story: https://t.co/oEAABdUlTU
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) June 19, 2020
While it’s titillating to know that a player has tested positive, it’s also ethically repulsive to report it. If a player wants to announce their status, that should be on them. The Toronto Maple Leafs are doing the right thing for a change in keeping that information private.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) June 19, 2020
There’s no word on whether or not these positive tests will endanger the plans to re-open the season.