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COVID-related absence protocol list for the NHL

A list of players who have landed in the NHL's COVID-related absence protocol for 2023-2024.

COVID-related absence protocol list for the NHL

The NHL will place players on the COVID-related absence protocol list for a variety of reasons that may or may not include (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the NHL's COVID-19 Protocol.

A player highlighted in yellow is expected to be removed from the protocol within the next 24-36 hours.

In some instances (where 10+ days have passed since being assigned to the list), a player is already likely out of the protocol but an event (such as a practice or morning skate) has not happened and so we cannot definitively declare them out of the protocol.

Players Currently in the Protocol

Player Team Date Added

Players Formerly in the Protocol (2022-2023 season)

Player Team Date Added Date Removed
Nicklas BackstromWashington Capitals2022-12-282023-01-02
Patrik LaineColumbus Blue Jackets2022-12-272023-01-02
Elvis MerzlikinsColumbus Blue Jackets2022-12-202022-12-28