By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
An unidentified player for the Ottawa Senators have tested positive for the coronavirus. This is the first known case of the COVID-19 in the National Hockey League.
The team will not release the name of the player. However, the team did say this individual is suffering mild symptoms and is in isolation.
“The Ottawa Senators are in the process of notifying anyone, who has had known close contact with the athlete and are working with our team doctors and public health officials,” the team said in a statement. “As a result of this positive case, all members of the Ottawa Senators are requested to remain isolated, to monitor their health and seek advice from our team medical staff.
“The health of our players, fans, and community remains our highest priority. We will continue to do everything we can to help ensure our players, staff, fans, and the greater community remain safe and healthy during this time of uncertainty due to the spread of the coronavirus.”
Before the NHL announced the postponement of their season, the Senators were on a road trip in California. On March 11th, they played the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
They also played the Anaheim Ducks on March 10th in Anaheim, California. In addition, just days earlier before the Ducks game, they played the San Jose Sharks on March 7th in San Jose, California.
While this player is the first one in the NHL, who has contracted the disease, he’s not the first one. Presently, there’s seven players in the NBA, who have it, as well.
Four members of the Brooklyn Nets – one of these players is superstar Kevin Durant. Two players on the Utah Jazz, including star Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.
In addition, Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood also has it.
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