The Dallas Stars has 6 players and 2 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, and the NHL does not expect the team to open its 2020-21 season before January 19.
Those who test positive are self-isolating and follow CDC and NHL procedures. Active testing forced Stars to shut down their training facilities, and they will be closed for a few days while conducting further daily testing and contact tracking.
According to NHL preseason policy, the names of people who test positive will not be announced.
The NHL regular season is scheduled to start on Wednesday, January 13. Dallas is the current Western Conference champion. It is scheduled for the first four games of the season. The Florida Panthers and the Tampa Bay Lightning will be divided into two games. The game will start until January 1
Dallas is one of four NHL teams that plan to have fans participating at the opening of the season, with a capacity cap of 5,000 fans and a cap of 30%.
“The league is reviewing and revising the regular season timetable for the star team and hopes that the team will not open its 2020-21 season before Tuesday, January 19. The star organization has and will continue to follow all rules. NHL, local, state and National agencies have developed recommended guidelines designed to protect the health and safety of their athletes, employees and the entire community,” the NHL announced Friday.
The NHL and NHLPA expect that this season may postpone the 56 games schedule and make up for it indoors.