NHL says two players tested positive for COVID-19 in first week of camps

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The NHL says two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first week of Phase 3 training camps.

The two players, who were not identified, are self-isolating. The NHL administered 2,168 tests to over 800 players during the first five days of training camp — which ran from July 13-17.

Phase 2 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan ran from June 8 to July 12 and allowed players to skate together in small groups at team facilities. In that time, over 600 players were administered 4,934 COVID-19 tests and 30 players tested positive. Additionally, 13 other players not participating in Phase 2 tested positive during that same time period.

Training camps will continue this week in team cities before reporting to hub cities Toronto and Edmonton on July 26. Once in the hubs each team will play one exhibition game between July 28 and 30.

Phase 4 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan begins on Aug. 1 with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers followed by four rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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