The Dallas Stars had six players and two employees who tested positive for COVID-19, and the NHL expects the team not to open its 2020-21 season until Jan. 19.
Positive tests are self-isolated and follow the CDC and NHL protocols. Positive tests forced the Stars to close their training facilities and they will remain closed for several days while additional daily tests and contact tracking are conducted.
Under NHL policy in the preseason, the names of those who turned out to be positive were not published.
The regular NHL season is set to begin on Wednesday, January 13th. Dallas, the reigning Western Conference champions, had to go on the road in the first four games of the season, playing the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning in two game sets by Jan. 1
Dallas is one of four NHL teams intending to open the season with fans in attendance, with a capacity of 30% and a capacity of about 5,000 fans.
“The league is in the process of reviewing and revising the regular schedule of the stars with the expectation that the team will not open its season for the period 2020-21 earlier than Tuesday, January 19. The Stars organization has and will continue to follow all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of players, staff and the community at large, as defined by the NHL, local, state and national agencies, “the NHL announced on Friday.
The NHL and NHLPA have predicted the potential postponement of matches in drawing up a schedule of 56 games for this season, building room for their invention.