The National Hockey League has made the decision to resume daily COVID-19 testing through January 1. By January 7, the league plans to issue an evaluation of its strategy and make adjustments for the remainder of the 2021-2022 season.
“Given the increased number of positive cases in our league within the last two weeks, and changing societal realities with the new omicron COVID-19 variant, the NHLPA and NHL have collectively agreed that all Clubs shall be required to follow enhanced preventative and detection measures,” a league spokesperson told ESPN.
The league will also have to make a decision regarding the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Currently, all NHL players are eligible to play in the international competition, but a spike in COVID-19 cases could lead the league to reverse its decision. The NHL reportedly has until January 10 to make its final ruling on the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.