Tampa Bay Lightning logo on steps at stadium
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

As the sports world continues to deal with COVID-19, the NHL just became the latest to experience a COVID-19 outbreak with the virus striking the Tampa Bay Lightning.

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Tampa Bay Lightning have closed their training facility due to several positive tests for COVID-19. At the moment, per the report, three players and two staffers have tested positive and additional testing is taking place. This is coming off the heels of several Philadelphia Phillies players tested positive in Florida as well.

COVID-19 cases in Florida

Over 4,000 new COVID-19 cases have been recently reported in the State of Florida. According to McKenzie’s report, if the additional tests come back negative, the facility will reopen and the NHL will continue with Phase 2.

The NHL has been taking steps towards a return with Canada lifting its quarantine restrictions, creating a path for a hub location. If other NHL teams can avoid a similar COVID-19 outbreak, we shouldn’t be too far away from hockey returning.

Anthony Scultore
As CEO of FTHN, LLC, Anthony has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. He is also the Director for Hockey Content at Sportsnaut.com. His work is featured on Bleacher Report, YardBarker, and MSN. Features also linked on NBC, ESPN, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.