As the NHL turns its attention to a return to play that would feature 24 teams playing in two hub cities in an effort to determine a Stanley Cup champion, the league does not think one positive COVID-19 test would shut down the efforts.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly revealed as much Tuesday, saying the league will follow the advice of medical personnel if one of the players does test positive.
"Our medical advisors [believe] that a single positive test, depending on the circumstance, should not necessarily shut the whole operation down," Daly said, per Greg Wyshynski of ESPN. "Obviously we can't be in a situation where we have an outbreak that will affect our ability to play. But a single positive test, throughout a two-month tournament, should not necessarily mean an end for the tournament."
This comes after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters the 2019-20 regular season is considered complete and the league will shift to a modified playoff format featuring 24 teams with no training camps scheduled to start before July 1.