Coronavirus: NHL extending self-quarantine recommendation

The NHL is once again extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the date back to April 15.

The league had originally set a date of March 27 for players to self-isolate, before extending it to April 4 back on March 24.

Four players have tested positive for COVID-19 – two from the Ottawa Senators and two from the Colorado Avalanche.

Both the Senators and Avalanche played at the San Jose Sharks on consecutive nights a few days before the season was postponed on March 12 with three and a half weeks remaining before the Stanley Cup playoffs.

There is still no timeline to when the league may resume its season, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last Friday the NHL is still hopeful of finishing the regular season and playing a full playoffs, even if it means playing the Stanley Cup Final in August.