The Pittsburgh Penguins are missing two of their players after their COVID-19 tests came back positive.
Star center and team captain Sidney Crosby and defenseman Brian Dumoulin missed practice Wednesday and are under COVID protocols, team officials said on Twitter.
Coach Mike Sullivan said previously that having players test positive for the coronavirus is bad luck more than anything, WPXI reported.
Crosby, according to team officials, has mild symptoms. Dumoulin is asymptomatic.
Crosby had missed the first part of the season and recently rejoined the team on the ice, WPXI reported last week.
Sullivan said of the captain’s diagnosis, “I’m sure he’s discouraged. He worked extremely hard to get to this point, and we were all so excited about getting him back in the fold. This puts another road block in front of it. But we’ll control what we can, and we’re hopeful that Sid will return soon.”
These aren’t the only COVID-19 cases to hit the Penguins.
He told the team’s reporter, “I had pretty much all the symptoms. Congestion, headaches, pressure in the forehead, coughing, loss of taste and smell, body aches and pain in the lower back.”
He said the symptoms lasted about four to five days.
Defensemen Chad Ruhwedel and Marcus Pettersson are also under COVID-19 protocols, ESPN reported.
The Penguins said they had no cases of COVID-19 last season, but this year they have had multiple.
Crosby was recently named to Team Canada’s 2022 Olympic roster, the Penguins announced.
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