Back in March, the 2019-2020 NHL season came to a sudden halt due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Since then, hockey fans have had to put their team’s Stanley Cup dreams on hold and wait to see what was to come of this unique season. In May, it was announced that 24 of the league’s 31 teams were to return to training in two cities that would act as hubs to limit travel and possible exposure to the virus. However, since then, a total of 35 players have tested positive for COVID-19, with 9 new cases announced today alone.
While the league is not revealing the identities of who tested positive, it is now known that 5 members of the the St. Louis Blues have tested positive. Of those 5 members, 4 of them are players on the team that contracted the virus due to a trip to the bar. While the NHL is doing its best to stay on top of the issue through frequent testing, it is still alarming to see the number of cases continue to rise. Nonetheless, the NHL and the NHLPA are supposedly close to an agreement on how the next steps of training camps and returning to play in hub cities should look, with people speculating that the former will start on July 13th and the latter on August 1st. Until then, the future of this strange season is still unknown.