NHL plans to test players for COVID-19 daily if games resume

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FILE - In this May 27, 2019, file photo, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins, in Boston. The NHL is one step closer to returning. Bettman unveiled a 24-team straight to playoffs format the league will use if it can clear the other hurdles to resume its season. Under the plan approved last week by players and agreed to by the NHL, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to determine the field to vie for the Stanley Cup .(AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

By STEPHEN WHYNO, the Associated Press

The NHL has a coronavirus testing plan for players and staff if it returns to play. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says players would be tested for COVID-19 daily while games are going on. That could require 25,000-30,000 tests at a cost of millions of dollars. Players insisted on regular testing in the name of keeping themselves safe and healthy. The league does not expect that amount of tests to interfere with the needs of the general public.