Opener delayed for Dallas Stars following eight positive tests for virus
Two staff members and six players from the NHL’s defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the team’s season opener on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Florida Panthers. However, the NHL said it does not expect Dallas to begin its season earlier than Tuesday, Jan. 19, due to the virus’s impact on the organization. Per preseason NHL policy, the names of the individuals who received a positive test were not released.
“The League is in the process of reviewing and revising the Stars’ regular season schedule with the expectation that the team will not open its 2020-21 season earlier than Tuesday, January 19. The Stars organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies,” the NHL announced on Friday.
Those who tested positive for the virus are currently in self-isolation and are following protocols from both the CDC and NHL. In addition to that, the positive tests forced the Stars to close their training facilities and will remain closed as daily tests and contact tracing procedures are conducted.
The Stars are one of four NHL teams with plans to open the season with fans at a limited capacity. The limit is a 30-percent capacity which would equate to a maximum attendance of approximately 5,000 fans. For more sports coverage, click here.