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Pittsburgh Penguins voluntarily sideline 9 players as NHL camps open

The team did not reveal which players were held out as a precautionary measure.

  • By John Wawrow/The Associated Press
Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) makes a see on Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Pittsburgh.

Keith Srakocic / AP Photo

Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic (39) makes a see on Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, March 8, 2020, in Pittsburgh.

(Pittsburgh) — The Pittsburgh Penguins opened training camp Monday after voluntarily sidelining nine players who may have had secondary exposure to a person testing positive for COVID-19.

The Penguins did not reveal which players were held out as a precautionary measure. The NHL has barred teams from revealing injury or illness information as a way to protect player privacy.

The players in question were potentially exposed to an individual who had contact with a person who tested positive. The players will not be allowed to practice until they are deemed safe following further test results based on NHL protocols.

All teams opened camps Monday in preparation for the NHL’s 24-team playoffs, scheduled to open in two hub cities — Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta — on Aug. 1. Players had until Monday evening to elect to opt out of competition without penalty.

The Penguins are the Eastern Conference’s fifth-seeded team and scheduled to face the 12th-seeded Montreal Canadiens in a best-of-five qualifying round series in Toronto.

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