After a scare, it appears the Pittsburgh Penguins training camp will resume as scheduled. On Saturday, the Penguins abruptly canceled practice and media availability because of potential COVID exposure.
The team was clear to note the cancelation was out of “an abundance of caution.” But it is 2021, and the pandemic is still raging, so any potential exposure is cause for alarm.
On Sunday, the Penguins announced they would proceed with their planned game simulation and fourth intrasquad scrimmage at PPG Paints Arena. Head coach Mike Sullivan will hold a media availability on Sunday morning, and the scrimmage this evening. Fans are not permitted to attend.
On Friday, six Dallas Stars players and two employees tested positive for the virus. Their training camp was immediately closed, the team quarantined, and the start of their regular-season games was delayed.
It can only be seen as good news that the Penguins can return to practice and PPG Paints Arena remains open.
Later on Sunday, PHN will take stock of the Penguins prospects and bubble players battling to make the team or practice squad.
You can catch up with the latest Penguins training camp coverage. Scrimmage 3 coverage is here. The team also announced HHOF broadcaster Mike Lange would not start the season behind the mic until he recieves the vaccine. And winger Kasperi Kapanen was to arrive in the U.S. on Saturday and begin the quarantine process.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their season on the road with a two-game set in Philadelphia on Jan. 13 and 15. The Penguins game on Jan. 13 will be the first game of the new NHL season. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be aired as a part of a tripleheader on NBCsn.