Defending champion St. Louis Blues cancel practices due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests

The St. Louis Blues have been forced to shut down their training facility due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. According to Blues reporter Jeremy Rutherford of the Athletic, the shut down is immediate.

On Friday, the team canceled workouts. The facility won’t reopen until Monday. It should be noted that the Ice Center is used by the public. The Blues do have their own private dressings rooms.

This is now the second team in the NHL that has closed its facility. The Tampa Bay Lightning had three players test positive earlier last month and it forced them to close down as well.

More NHL players testing positive

There are more reports starting to surface that an uptick in positive cases were experienced this week. That could help explain the recent move to push out the start of Phase 3 training camps to July 13th.