NHL will test players daily, if/when season resumes

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Like a football locker room, a hockey locker room is a nasty, disgusting Petri dish of odors and germs. And so, like football undoubtedly will do, hockey will be aggressive about testing players if/when the 2019-20 season resumes.

“We will have a rigorous daily testing protocol where players are tested every evening and those results are obtained before they would leave their hotel rooms the next morning, so we’ll know if we have a positive test and whether the player has to self-quarantine himself as a result of that positive test,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Sunday, via ESPN.com. “It’s expensive, but we think it’s really a foundational element of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

It definitely is. If only one player enters a locker room or a rink with an undetected positive case of coronavirus, many others may end up catching it. And so testing will have to be aggressive.

“You need testing at a level sufficient to be confident that you’re going to be on top of anything which might happen,” NHL Players Association executive director Don Fehr said, per ESPN.com. “If that turns out to be daily, and that’s available, that’s OK. That would be good. If it turns out that that’s not quite what we need and we can get by with a little less, that’s OK.”

It will need to be daily. Or, at a minimum, every day that players show up to practice or play. Before being admitted to a facility they need to test negative. Ideally, they also should test negative again before being set loose on the community.

The same thing applies to the NFL: Negative before entering, negative before exiting. Every day the player show up for work. It’s that simple, it’s that clear. Anything else will require an element of good luck, and nothing related to this situation should be left to chance.

9 responses to “NHL will test players daily, if/when season resumes

  1. These tests are not 100% accurate. If you are testing 100’s people every day there is a good chance you will have at least one false negative asymptomatic person get through your process and possibly infect people. This whole “return” to normacy is a gamble the NHL is taking.

  2. What tests are they using?
    What is the accuracy?
    What is the false positive /false negative rate?

    If the accuracy rate is 95%, and the false positive rate is 5%, then out of 690 players you could have 35 falsely labeled as having Covid 19.

    What do you do then? Quarantine the entire team?

    Accurate tetsing is an important pre-requisite for returning to semi-normal life.

  3. There is going to be no season. Forget the stupid playoff format they came up and just write this season off. Focus on a full 2020-21 season. Otherwise you will ruin next season as well. if they start the playoffs in July, that means they will not be done until September, season starts in October… This is a dumb plan… As is the MLB plan (I heard a 42 game season… Joke). There won’t be baseball this year, but it is going to be because of $$.

  4. stillers1963 says:
    June 1, 2020 at 12:04 am
    must be nice to have unlimited access to Covid-19 tests…..


    have you seen how the test is administered? i wouldn’t want it done once much less daily.

  5. phinatic29 says:
    June 1, 2020 at 10:04 am
    stillers1963 says:
    June 1, 2020 at 12:04 am
    must be nice to have unlimited access to Covid-19 tests…..


    have you seen how the test is administered? i wouldn’t want it done once much less daily.

    I am not sure, but there may be different test options. Yes, the nasal swab every day would be unpleasant. But, I would feel bad more for the regular workers in the building having to have that every day more than the players. Unpleasantness to make very good money is a little easier to put up than the same unpleasantness for the person doing the players’ laundry (or any of the other more mundane tasks that will still need to be done).

  6. If someone tests positive, they test them again to make sure. Duh. There will be a season, regardless of your crying about it.

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