Colorado Avalanche announce player’s positive coronavirus test, the third NHL player to be diagnosed

The Colorado Avalanche announced Thursday that one of their players has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The unidentified person is the third NHL player to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

"The player has been at home in isolation since the first symptoms appeared, has recovered and is back to normal," the team said in a statement. "The Avalanche have notified anyone who has had known close contact with the athlete.

"The Avalanche organization will continue to work in conjunction with our medical staff and public health officials to do everything we can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time."

The previous two players with positive tests were from the Ottawa Senators. Those cases were announced on March 17 and March 21.

Though it's unclear where the players contracted the disease, both the Avalanche and Senators did play in California during early March.

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The NHL suspended games on March 12 with 3½ weeks remaining in the regular season, instructing players to return to their homes and self-isolate. The NHL recently extended that period to April 6 and postponed the scouting combine, draft and NHL awards.

The increasing uncertainty about the coronavirus pandemic has led to several different scenarios for the rest of the NHL season and the postseason. The situation remains fluid, so it’s impossible to determine when the NHL or any other professional sports league will be able to resume operations. 

Contributing: Abbey Mastracco, NorthJersey.com

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