In an effort to protect the players, the NHL will not disclose injuries in Phase 4, deputy commissioner Bill Daly revealed in a Saturday afternoon video call with the league and player representatives.
“Medical privacy is important in this process,” Daly said.
Normally, teams are allowed to share injury-related information but are not necessarily required to. The Blackhawks are one of the teams that have become more transparent in that area after changing their policy going into the 2018-19 season.
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In this situation, the NHL is prohibiting clubs from doing so to keep the process confidential and eliminate speculation between a hockey-related injury and positive COVID-19 test results. The NHL, instead, will release the overall number of players who test positive for COVID-19 over the course of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but will not disclose the names of those infected.
The policy is strictly for the rest of the 2019-20 season and not a new long-term policy, although it remains unclear how things will be handled for the 2020-21 campaign.
It’s the right move but will obviously present challenges if a star player on a contender is suddenly not available for a series, especially once we get into the later rounds.
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