During his positive test, Samsonov was asymptomatic, according to someone familiar with the situation.
The NHL covid absence list does not specify which players scored positive and which players had problems tracking contacts. The league does not release the names of players who are positive.
Through the process of tracking contacts, the team and the league learned and the four Russians hung out several times in a hotel room in Pittsburgh during their trip, according to one person familiar with the matter. At these rallies, which violate NHL protocols, players watched sports and played video games.
“I know there was a positive case and by following them and following the players, they were honest with what they did,”
“I regret my choice to spend time with my teammates in our hotel room and away from the locker rooms,” Ovechkin said in a statement Wednesday: “I will learn from this experience.”
The capitals said in a statement on Wednesday that they were “disappointed” by the players’ decision to interact in the hotel room and outside the areas approved by the team.
The NHL is not expected to postpone Friday’s game against Buffalo Sabers, the head of the Washington home team. However, Ovechkin, Orlov and Kuznetsov are expected to miss at least the next four matches of the Capitals due to quarantine protocols.
Local staff and medical professionals establish the guidelines that players follow in cities and states. All four players missed practice on Thursday.
The NHL Coronavirus Guidelines make it clear that players and team staff traveling this season “must remain in a single accommodation and no one is allowed to enter guests or other staff in their room.”
The team was fined $ 100,000 for violations that, according to the league, “involve social interactions between team members who were in close contact and who were not facing.”
Players are prohibited from practicing or playing while on the roster.
There are several ways the player who have positive tests can be cleared to return to the team, according to NHL protocols. If it is asymptomatic and remains so while isolated, it may return 10 days after its first positive test.
If it is symptomatic or becomes symptomatic during isolation, it can be cleared when at least 10 days have elapsed since the onset of its symptoms and at least 24 hours have elapsed since the last fever. It can also be cleared if it takes a negative test twice and its condition improves.