Marco Rossi, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by the Minnesota Wild, skated Saturday for the first time since January after battling complications from COVID-19.
« He’s doing very well, » said Wild general manager Bill Guerin. “It bodes very well. He appears to be in very good health. It is very positive. «
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Guerin added that Rossi was training off the ice and that he expects the 19-year-old to be healthy enough to attend training camp in September.
Rossi contracted COVID-19 in November, but was given the green light to play for Austria at the 2021 FIHG World Junior Championship (WJC) in Edmonton.
After the tournament, Rossi traveled to Minnesota to prepare for the Wild’s training camp, but on January 10, the Wild announced that they would be sidelined indefinitely due to a upper body injury. Rossi returned to his homeland on January 30 to be with his family as he rested and continued to recover from the virus.
“It was quite a shock because he’s a healthy young man who trains tirelessly,” Guerin said. Then we learned more about his condition, and it was scary. We were nervous for the youngster and his family. But our medical team here is fantastic and they’ve gone through everything with a fine tooth comb a couple of times so it’s been reassuring. We were going mad, and they were very calm. Our medical staff have been exceptional throughout the process. «
Rossi led the 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 120 points (39 goals, 81 assists) in 56 games.