LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – A new wave of positive Covid-19 test results hit three major U.S. sports leagues this week, forcing the National Hockey League (NHL) to postpone games and questioning sending players to the next Beijing. Winter Olympics.
The NHL announced the postponement of the Carolina Hurricanes game on Tuesday (December 14) after additional players on the team were forced into Covid-19 protocols.
At least nine NHL games will need to be rescheduled following outbreaks among the Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.
Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid told CBC on Tuesday he wanted to compete in the Beijing Games Feb. 4-20.
Still, he described having to potentially quarantine for up to five weeks in China for a positive test result as “disturbing.”
âThere hasn’t been a ton of information, and then there’s this three to five week (quarantine) thingâ¦ it kind of goes around,â McDavid said.
“I’m just trying to put all the facts and information together.”
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league has until Jan. 10 to withdraw from the Beijing Games without financial penalty.
The Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) canceled Tuesday’s practice after goaltender Talen Horton-Tucker tested positive for Covid-19 and entered league health and safety protocols , ESPN reported.
Horton-Tucker’s test result came a day after the NBA announced two Chicago Bulls games had been postponed after 10 additional players and staff were placed in protocols, marking the first few. postponements that the league had to make this season.
Seven members of the Brooklyn Nets have also entered into protocols, the team said.
The Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL) placed star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and eight other players on the league’s reserve / Covid-19 roster, the team announced on Tuesday, which resulted in resulted in the closure of its training center.
Beckham Jr. scored a touchdown in the Rams 30-23 road victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night in a game where the Rams lost four players just before the game due to protocols.
“Where we’re at right now, we’re navigating through this Covid stuff,” Rams head coach Sean McVay told reporters on Tuesday.
âWe had to test guys. We’re in intensive protocols. We’re remote today. We’ll be remote tomorrow.
âIt has certainly been the most difficult situation we have faced with Covid over the past two years. “
No NFL game has yet been postponed due to Covid-19 this season.