Less than a week ago the first wave of Covid related announcements hit the NHL. It’s first team to sweep through, the Dallas Stars. It was announced that six players and two staff members tested positive. Training camp was halted, and the season opener against the Florida Panthers in Florida was effectively cancelled for the time being.
This evening it has been released that the Stars will resume on-ice activity at their practice rink, the Comerica Center, Tuesday morning. (It is 8 PM CST on Monday as I write this update.)To no one’s surprise, there will be no media allowed to any of the team practices on efforts to keep the rest of the team and staff healthy.
With the NHL season set to begin this week and the Stars announcing their intent to allow 5,000 fans into their home games at the American Airlines Center, one has to ask the question if the team will change their decision. It has been floating around social media that the Stars season ticket holders have not been given the option to purchase tickets for the home opener. Basically, no one has tickets to any games. I still have an unused ticket from last season. Maybe I can cash that bad boy in.
Whether or not fans are actually allowed in the AAC, we await to see if we are given any updates regarding which members of the team or staff have tested positive. After all, these are still humans and have a right to privacy in regards to their health. We will continue to monitor the situation in hopes to see all those effected make a full recovery and back on the bench and or ice as soon as possible.