Penguins Sideline 9 Players Over Potential Secondary Coronavirus Exposure

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are sidelining nine players from training camp, which starts today, after a potential exposure to coronavirus.

The team says it is a potential secondary exposure incident that was to someone who had contact with another person who tested positive for COVID-19.

The precaution is being taken out of an abundance of caution.

The players will only be allowed back to practice after they are “deemed safe.”

The Penguins full statement reads:

“The Pittsburgh Penguins will be voluntarily sidelining nine players from their training camp roster due to potential secondary exposure to an individual who had contact with a person that has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. The team learned of the possible secondary exposure on Sunday, July 12. The decision to isolate this group of players was made out of an abundance of caution in an effort to avoid exposure to anyone else within the organization. The nine players will not participate until they are deemed safe in accordance with NHL protocol and further test results.”

The 13-day training camp is being held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township.

There will be eight practice days, two off-days and three “game day simulations,” which will include an intra-squad scrimmage.

The public is not allowed to watch the training camp practices.

The team is scheduled to travel to Toronto, Ontario, on July 26.