NHL Headlines: More signings, and Liiga performs contact tracing after positive COVID-19 case

There was a brief opening of purse strings yesterday with a handful of signings in the NHL. And over in Finland, Liiga games have been postponed due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

COVID-19 outbreak in Liiga

Four players on Jokerit have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from games in Russia and Kazakhstan. They played three games against Sibir Novosibirsk, Amur Khabarovsk and Barys Nur-Sultan and now have to postpone games.

Liiga uses player tracking data to help with contact tracing

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Liiga games postponed (Liiga)

The Finnish league then turned to company WiseHockey to help them with contact tracing. WiseHockey does player tracking and the league wanted to know who was on the ice and had more exposure.

We do not know who the player infected with Covid-19 is, we made these calculations for all players in relation to every player,” said Wisehockey’s Head of Product Management Mika Hulkki.

It was because of protecting privacy. We are not supposed to know [the individual], and we do not draw any conclusions or make decisions. We only calculated exposure times.”

Some NHL signing from yesterday