The NHL released a statement Friday night indicating that 11 players have tested positive for COVID-19. This follows several reports Friday that Auston Matthews tested positive and three players from the Lightning did as well. The situation in Tampa caused the closing of their training facility.
According to the NHL, it has tested more than 200 players since Phase 2 began on June 8th. All 11 players who are COVID-19 positive are in self-isolation following CDC guidelines.
NHL statement on Phase 2 testing. pic.twitter.com/2FBhgdbFsP— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 19, 2020
The NHL will provide weekly updates on testing, and you can be sure that more positive cases will be reported.
I spoke to one NHL executive who told me teams were aware of the positive tests for several days. Frankly, the exec was surprised it took this long for the information to get out. Still, the leaking of a player’s name is upsetting and violates Matthews' privacy. The Maple Leafs went as far as releasing a statement Friday that indicated they will not be “commenting on reports surrounding testing” and that information should be “private.”