Report: NHL to move into ‘phase 2’ of plan to return to play

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Tampa Bay Lightning center Blake Coleman (20) before an NHL hockey game Montreal Canadiens Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

(WFLA) – The National Hockey League is planning to move into “phase two” of its plan to return to play, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports, citing a memo sent to teams over the weekend, the league will soon allow players to train in small groups at team facilities, though no date for that was given.

The training is also “strictly voluntary.”

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New protocols reportedly will allow for a maximum of six players to train at a team’s facility at once.

No coaches or other team personnel will be allowed on the ice, according to ESPN.

Players and staff who enter phase two will be tested for coronavirus two days prior to returning to action. ESPN reports players will be tested twice a week after and encouraged to take their temperatures daily.

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