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  • NHL cuts COVID-19 isolation to five days following change in United States guidelines NHL cuts COVID-19 isolation to five days following change in United States guidelines

    NHL players who test positive for coronavirus and are fully vaccinated may only have to isolate for five days as part of changes to the league's health protocols.

    Previously, any player or staff member to record a positive test would have to isolate for 10 days.

    Outbreaks among teams this month caused the league to begin its Christmas break early and pause all games that involved cross-border travel between the United States and Canada.

    However, following updated guidance from the USA's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) agreed to modify regulations.

    Players and team operations staff who test positive will now only have to isolate for five days, or, if they develop a fever, "until their fever resolves".

    Asymptomatic individuals or those with improving symptoms will be cleared to return to practice and games if they provide a test that is either negative or falls within certain parameters.

    They will also require medical clearance from team doctors and the permission of their local health authority. They must also wear a mask around others for another five days, except for during practice and games.

    NHL medical experts will review the changes to the measures on or before January 12.

  • Three NHL games postponed this week as COVID-19 cases rise Three NHL games postponed this week as COVID-19 cases rise

    The NHL has postponed another three games this week as cases of COVID-19 continues to hit the league.

    Games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday and a home-and-home set between the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday and Friday will not be played.

    That takes the number of games the NHL has now postponed up to 67 this season; a situation that led to the decision not to take part in the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

    The league had planned to pause the season in February to allow players to take part in the Games, but that period will now be used to play some of the postponed games.

    NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said last week: "We obviously will work very close with the (NHL) Players' Association. I do think we'll have to build in some off time during that three-week period for the players as they had anticipated previously.

    "There are a lot of boxes to check there, but I expect that we'll be able to portion some portion of that break period to various clubs to get their players rested, and I hope to make full utilisation of the period so that we can make up the games that we've missed."

  • NHL to begin Christmas break early as COVID-19 cases rise NHL to begin Christmas break early as COVID-19 cases rise

    The National Hockey League will begin its Christmas break early due to coronavirus-related postponements. 

    The league announced Monday that it will pause games for five days beginning Wednesday, with the schedule set to resume December 27. 

    With that move, the final games before the break are set for Tuesday, with the Washington Capitals visiting the Philadelphia Flyers and the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    The other eight games set to be played Tuesday already had been postponed due to COVID-19. 

    Four of the five games scheduled for Monday also were postponed, with only the Dallas Stars-Minnesota Wild game taking place. 

    The early break will officially wipe out all 19 games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, all but five of which already had been called off. 

    Players are now set to report back to their teams on December 26 for testing, practice and travel. All members of a team's travelling party must have a negative COVID-19 test before entering a team facility upon return. 

    Monday's decision came a day after the league said it would pause all games that involved cross-border travel between the United States and Canada, in addition to multiple individual teams being shut down due to positive COVID-19 tests. 

    "With the number one priority of maintaining the health and safety of our NHL community, and amid changing and unpredictable conditions, we are determined to remain flexible and adaptable both in terms of scheduling and in adjusting protocols as necessary," the league said in a statement Sunday.   

     

     

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