The coronavirus has impacted the hockey world in a major way. The NHL has officially suspended its season due to the ongoing pandemic. There’s yet to be a timetable for return.
The AHL has also officially suspended its season, while the OHL has cancelled the remainder of its regular season. The ECHL has cancelled both its regular season and playoffs.
The NHL has yet to be impacted by the coranvirus the way it has impacted the NBA. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz was the first player in either league to test positive for COVID-19, and now a total of 14 NBA players have tested positive for the virus. The NHL shares 11 venues with the NBA.
Here’s an ongoing list of the NHL players who have tested positive for COVID-19.
A player on the Ottawa Senators became the first NHL’er to test positive for the virus. According to reports out of Russia, 28-year-old Russian blueliner Nikita Zaitsev has tested positive for COVID-19.
Reports out of Russia Nikita Zaitsev is the Sens player to be ill with COVID-19
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) March 19, 2020
A second Ottawa Senators player has now tested positive for COVID-19. While we don’t know the specific player as of now, we do know that they were on the Senators’ recent road trip that included games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles.
According to Hockey Night in Canada’s Chris Johnston, there could be up to eight Ottawa Senators players with COVID-19.
According to the #sens, eight of the 52 people on their road trip through California have displayed COVID-19 symptoms and been tested. There's been two positive results so far, with more test results still pending.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 21, 2020
An unnamed player on the Colorado Avalanche has tested positive for COVID-19. The player has been at home in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, has recovered and is back to normal. The Avalanche have notified anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete.
No player on the Vancouver Canucks has tested positive for COVID-19 but the team did confirm that a member of their full-time office staff tested positive for the virus. This individual is receiving care, has been placed in quarantine and is feeling better. The Canucks stated that the particular individual doesn’t have a fan-facing role and is not believed to be in contact with the players, hockey operations personnel or the staff at Rogers Arena.
San Jose Sharks
A part-time employee at SAP Center has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. This person is under self-quarantine and receiving care from medical professionals. They last worked at the San Jose Sharks game at SAP Center against the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 3, 2020. The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department banned public gatherings of over 1,000 people on March 5th.
St. Louis Blues
A relative of a St. Louis Blues’ employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The diagnosed individual is in self-isolation along with members of the individual’s family. All Blues’ staff who may have come into close contact with the employee have been notified. Each player on the Blues has been requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and to seek advice from the team’s medical staff.