After a player from the Philadelphia Flyers entered the league’s COVID-19 protocol earlier on Sunday, all Flyers players, coaches and staff underwent rapid testing ahead of the team’s game against the Washington Capitals.
The NHL said the rapid tests, also called POC, all returned negative results. Because of this, the NHL’s, NHLPA’s and Flyers’ medical groups determined it was appropriate to go ahead with Sunday’s game.
Defenceman Travis Sanheim was the lone Flyers player who entered the NHL’s COVID protocol on Sunday, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
NHL announces it did rapid testing (POC) for Flyers today prior to game against Capitals. One player entered the NHL’s COVID protocol to activate this. Only Flyer added to list today was Travis Sanheim. https://t.co/7vTY39Y9KK
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 7, 2021
Currently, the NHL’s COVID-19 approach involves players and personnel taking one PCR test per day, but as Friedman reported during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, one step the league is exploring is securing more docking stations for rapid tests.
Buffalo Sabres forward Casey Mittelstadt and Colorado Avalanche defenceman Samuel Girard were also added to the league’s COVID Protocol list on Sunday, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports.
Defenceman Brad Hunt also entered the league’s COVID protocol, becoming the ninth Minnesota Wild member on the list.
Brad Hunt becomes the ninth member of the #MNWild on the NHL’s COVID Protocol list, joining Nick Bjugstad, Nick Bonino, Ian Cole, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno, Marcus Johansson, Jared Spurgeon and Nico Sturm.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) February 7, 2021