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The Boston Bruins practice at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Mass. on June 10, 2020. (Credit: Boston Bruins)

By 98.5 The Sports Hub Staff

The Boston Bruins announced on Friday that during “Phase 2” of the NHL’s return plan, a player tested positive for COVID-19. The player has since tested negative in two subsequent tests.

Phase 2 of the NHL’s return plan required all players to be tested for the novel coronavirus. The player who tested positive and then negative for the virus has been asymptomatic. The Bruins say they will “continue to follow CDC recommendations and adhere to the NHL’s protocol.”

The next phase will be formal training camps for all 24 teams returning for the modified 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. League officials are targeting July 10 for teams to begin prep for games.

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins practice at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Mass. on June 10, 2020. (Credit: Boston Bruins)

Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins practice at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, Mass. on June 10, 2020. (Credit: Boston Bruins)

Mass. governor Charlie Baker allowed Boston sports teams to return to team facilities starting on June 6. Bruins forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand skated for the first time since the coronavirus shutdown at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton on Wednesday.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney told reporters on a Zoom conference Friday that the player who tested positive has not been in contact with any team facilities.

In Mass., COVID-19 has claimed 7,337 lives and 100,504 confirmed cases as of Thursday. On June 6, the three-day average for deaths dipped below 40 for the first time since the start of May. The state remains in “Phase 2” of Gov. Baker’s reopening plan, which will remain in place until at least Monday, June 29.

As the top seed in the Eastern Conference and the official President’s Trophy winners, the Bruins will enter the playoffs as co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup along with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights. They will play a round-robin play-in round against the Lightning, Capitals, and Flyers in order to determine the top-4 seeds in the east.

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