The Stars’ first games postponed due to COVID-19

The Dallas Stars’ first two games this season, against the Florida Panthers, have been postponed after six players and two staff members recently tested positive for COVID-19.

The Stars were initially scheduled to start their season with two games against the Panthers on January 14 and 15. They are scheduled to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 17-19. The NHL said on Friday that the Stars’ training complex has been closed and that Dallais will likely not play until January 19.

« In light of the National Hockey League’s announcement of the closure of the Dallas Stars training complex, the games between the Dallas Stars and the Florida Panthers scheduled for January 14 and 15 will be postponed. » , mentioned the Panthers in a statement. “The NHL will announce the resumption dates and times once the schedule has been reviewed.

“The safety of our fans, players, staff and the community is – and will remain – our priority. So, in collaboration with the Dallas Stars organization, we will continue to follow recommended protocols and guidelines. « 

Dallas called off training on Friday before the NHL announced the positive tests. The Stars were on leave Thursday and their last practice was Wednesday.

« These people have gone into isolation and are following CDC and League protocols, » the NHL said in a statement. “As a result of these positive tests, and as a precaution, the team’s training complex was immediately shut down, and will remain so for several days as more testing and tracing is done.

“The Stars organization has followed at all times, and continues to do so, the guidelines recommended and implemented by the NHL as well as local, state and national public health agencies. « 

In addition, 19 players did not train for the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday due to what the team called « over-caution in accordance with NHL protocols relating to COVID-19. » « 

Columbus is scheduled to start his season against the Nashville Predators on Jan. 14.

Coach John Tortorella mentioned he doesn’t know if any games will be affected.

“I have no idea what the doctors will decide, how the protocols work and what they will decide,” said Tortorella. And I’m not even going to worry about that. No matter what stands in front of us, we will try to make the best of it. « 

* With contributions from reporter Amalie Benjamin.

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