Earlier than the puck dropped on the 2021 NHL season, the league has already been impacted by COVID-19.
Other than the beginning date being pushed to Jan. 13, quite a lot of gamers have examined optimistic and 4 groups had coaching camps suspended for a minimum of someday or a lot of gamers miss time. The Stars shut down their camp on Jan. 9 after it was revealed six gamers and two employees members examined optimistic. The Penguins canceled coaching camp the identical day whereas the Blue Jackets had 19 gamers miss coaching camp on Friday. On Sunday, the Canucks cancelled apply “out of an abundance of warning because of potential publicity to COVID-19.”
The day earlier than the season was set to start, the NHL introduced that 27 gamers had examined optimistic throughout coaching camp. Of these, 17 gamers have been members of the Dallas Stars and the assertion famous that almost all of them “are asymptomatic and all of whom are at present recovering with out complication.” Rangers ahead Mika Zibanejad confirmed on Jan. 11 that he missed the beginning of camp because of a optimistic COVID-19 check. On Jan. 13, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar revealed that Erik Johnson had examined optimistic.
Previous to the league’s opening sport on Wednesday, the NHL introduced two gamers would miss the primary sport in what’s being listed below COVID protocol-related absences. Gamers listed below this class didn’t essentially check optimistic for coronavirus; it might be a precautionary transfer.
Per the NHL’s press launch, the rationale a participant is listed as “unavailable” because of COVID protocols contains: (1) an preliminary optimistic check which stays unconfirmed till confirmatory testing is accomplished; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic people; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk shut contact; (4) isolation primarily based on a confirmed optimistic check consequence and/or; (5) quarantine for journey or different causes.
The NHL will launch names prior to each sport.
NHL gamers out of video games due to COVID-19
|Jan. 13 vs. Blues||Erik Johnson|
|Jan. 13 vs. Canucks||Gaetan Haas, James Neal|
|Jan. 13 vs. Penguins||Shayne Gostisbehere|
|Jan. 13 vs. Flyers||Kasperi Kapanen|
|Jan. 13 vs. Oilers||Jordie Benn, JT Miller|