NHL COVID-19 Positive tests
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NHL training camps opened today with much fanfare and media buzz. In the midst of all that excitement the NHL announced its updated number of positive COVID-19 cases with the 5PM deadline to inform teams if a player will opt out looming.

Unless news breaks late, it appears the final list is in.

NHL Players opting out

The first player to opt out of returning to play was Travis Hamonic of the Calgary Flames on Friday night. The very next day he was joined by five other players including Edmonton Oilers trade deadline acquisition, Mike Green.

  • Travis Hamonic, CGY
  • Mike Green, EDM
  • Steven Kampfer, BOS
  • Karl Alzner, MTL
  • Sven Baertschi, VAN
  • Roman Polak, DAL

Initially it was believed that Zach Trotman opted out, but he was left off for medical reasons because his wife is having a baby. The Montreal Canadiens are also holding a decision on Max Domi for next week.

Today, Florida Panthers assistant Mike Kitchen opted out. He is the only coach in the NHL to decide not to return.

NHL announced seven new positive COVID-19 cases

The NHL has announced seven new cases of COVID-19 since last week. The final total number of positive tests for Phase 2 is 30.

Also today, the Penguins help back 9 players from practice they believe to have been exposed to COVID-19.

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