It appears the NHL has a good grasp on the coronavirus pandemic ahead of the season resume in August, at least if the latest COVID-19 test results are any indication.
The league announced Monday that only two players tested positive for the coronavirus during the first week of Phase 3 training camps. Both players are unidentified and are self-isolating. The NHL administered 2,168 tests to over 800 players during the first five days of training camp.
In training camp, when a player hasn’t been able to practice for any reason, that player is designated as “unfit to practice.” That alone has added to the obscurity of a player’s absence and made it harder for the public to determine what the reasoning behind the missed practice(s) is.
Phase 4 of the NHL’s return-to-play plan is set to begin on Aug. 1 with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.