Senators player becomes first NHLer to test positive for COVID-19

  • Senators player becomes first NHLer to test positive for COVID-19

Senators player becomes first NHLer to test positive for COVID-19

An Ottawa Senators player has tested positive for COVID-19.

The player, who was not identified, had mild symptoms and is in isolation, the Senators said in a statement released just before midnight Tuesday.

The NHL suspended its season last Thursday because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Senators are notifying anyone who's known to have been in close contact with the player. All members of the team have been asked to remain isolated and monitor their health.

Locally, the Senators played the Islanders in Ottawa on March 5, though it is unclear whether the player had the virus at that time.

The NHL's decision to suspend its season came less than 24 hours after the National Basketball Association did the same thing following a positive COVID-19 test for Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert.

The Senators played the Ducks on March 10 at Honda Center in Anaheim and played the Kings the next night at Staples Center.

The Senators were supposed to fly to Chicago for a road game against the Blackhawks on Friday, but instead returned to Ottawa after the National Hockey League announced the indefinite suspension of the season. Most other leagues and sports events have made similar moves in the past week. It's suspected that the infection occurred when the Senators played at the Staples Center after the Brooklyn Nets - the National Basketball Association team that has now had four positive COVID-19 tests - faced the Lakers in Los Angeles. The NHL stipulated that players should still self-isolate when they get there.