Colorado Avalanche player tests positive for COVID-19

A player on the Colorado Avalanche tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, the team announced Thursday, making him the third NHL player known to test positive for the new coronavirus.

The Avalanche did not identify the player, but said he has been “isolated from home since the first symptoms appeared, recovered and returned to normal.” The statement continued, “The avalanche has notified everyone who has had close contact with the athlete.”

The Avalanche played the Kings on March 9 at Staples Center. The two other NHL players who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus were members of the Ottawa Senators, who were at the Staples Center on March 11 to defeat the Kings. That was the last NHL game played before Commissioner Gary Bettman paused the competition. to stop the spread of the virus.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said via email that additional tests are pending. “There are no additional positives known,” he said.

When asked whether the NHL is concerned that Staples Center has been a common thread for the three NHL players known to have tested positive for COVID-19 and for several NBA players who have tested positive, Daly replied “No, we are not. ‘

Two members of the Lakers are also known to have tested positive, along with four players in the Brooklyn Nets – who visited Staples Center on March 10 – Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and Christian Wood of the Detroit Pistons. Wood’s agent said on Wednesday that his client has fully recovered.

The NHL initially told its players to isolate themselves at home until March 27, but that period has since been extended through April 6.

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