On the same day that the Pittsburgh Penguins announced one of their players tested positive for COVID-19, the NHL has announced that they will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan on Monday, June 8.
Phase 2 will allow NHL clubs to reopen their training facilities for small group activities, on and off the ice.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 5, 2020
The NHL also says that teams can immediately begin education, diagnostic testing, scheduling of medicals for players.
In a tweet, the Capitals announced that they “have not set their start date for Phase 2” yet and would announce when players could come back at another time.
The Washington Capitals have not set their start date for Phase 2. More information will be shared when available. https://t.co/vg0WZjWeDo
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) June 5, 2020
This news comes as new ice was laid down at MedStar Capitals Iceplex last week.
More from the NHL:
NEW YORK (June 4, 2020) – The National Hockey League announced today that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8.
Beginning June 8 – subject to each Club’s satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol – Clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice). Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six Players at any one time, plus a limited number of Club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 Protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp.
All necessary preparations for Phase 2, including those that require Player participation (education, diagnostic testing, scheduling for medicals, etc.), can begin immediately. The NHL and the NHLPA continue to negotiate over an agreement on the resumption of play.
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