Earlier than the puck dropped on the 2021 NHL season, the league has already been impacted by COVID-19.

Except for the beginning date being pushed to Jan. 13, plenty of gamers have examined optimistic and 4 groups had coaching camps suspended for no less than at some point or a lot of gamers miss time. The Stars shut down their camp on Jan. 9 after it was revealed six gamers and two workers members examined optimistic. The Penguins canceled coaching camp the identical day whereas the Blue Jackets had 19 gamers miss coaching camp on Friday. On Sunday, the Canucks cancelled observe “out of an abundance of warning resulting from potential publicity to COVID-19.”

The day earlier than the season was set to start, the NHL introduced that 27 gamers had examined optimistic throughout coaching camp. Of these, 17 gamers had been members of the Dallas Stars and the assertion famous that the majority of them “are asymptomatic and all of whom are at the moment recovering with out complication.” Rangers ahead Mika Zibanejad confirmed on Jan. 11 that he missed the beginning of camp resulting from a optimistic COVID-19 check. On Jan. 13, Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar revealed that Erik Johnson had examined optimistic.

Previous to the league’s opening sport on Wednesday, the NHL introduced two gamers would miss the primary sport in what’s being listed underneath COVID protocol-related absences. Gamers listed underneath this class didn’t essentially check optimistic for coronavirus; it may very well be a precautionary transfer.

Per the NHL’s press launch, the explanation a participant is listed as “unavailable” resulting from COVID protocols contains: (1) an preliminary optimistic check which stays unconfirmed till confirmatory testing is accomplished; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic people; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk shut contact; (4) isolation based mostly on a confirmed optimistic check consequence and/or; (5) quarantine for journey or different causes.

The NHL will launch names prior to each sport.

NHL gamers out of video games due to COVID-19

Colorado Avalanche

Jan. 13 vs. Blues Erik Johnson

Edmonton Oilers

Jan. 13 vs. Canucks Gaetan Haas, James Neal

Philadelphia Flyers

Jan. 13 vs. Penguins Shayne Gostisbehere

Pittsburgh Penguins

Jan. 13 vs. Flyers Kasperi Kapanen

Vancouver Canucks

Jan. 13 vs. Oilers Jordie Benn, JT Miller