NWHL Announces Zero Positive COVID-19 Test Results Prior to Playoffs
March 26, 2021 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) – The National Women’s Hockey League today announced there were no positive COVID-19 results from PCR tests administered to players and team personnel traveling to Boston for the Isobel Cup Playoffs Friday and Saturday.
Tournament participants also received rapid tests prior to boarding transportation to Boston or transportation to the airport of embarkation, which resulted in zero positive test results. As part of the tournament’s protocols, individual travel to Boston was prohibited.
Prior to Friday’s semifinals, rapid tests were also administered to all tournament participants upon arrival at Warrior Ice Arena for practices, which resulted in zero positive test results.
“The NWHL and Warrior Ice Arena have strict health protocols in place, all guided by state health authorities and NWHL medical advisors, and our teams understand their responsibility to ensure players and staff comply with all protocol requirements,” said NWHL Commissioner Tyler Tumminia. “We believe our protocols appropriately prioritize the health and safety of all players and staff and provide us with the best opportunity to successfully see the Isobel Cup raised in 2021.”
Rapid tests on Saturday morning will only be administered to a team if a player or staff member exhibits symptoms or was exposed to a known positive case.
Additional COVID-19 Protocols Include:
- Players to wear masks in locker rooms and at all times when off-ice.
- All non-player staff to wear masks in facilities at all times.
- Locker rooms to be outfitted with hand sanitizer, extra masks, and sanitizing wipes at all times which will be provided by each team.
- Locker rooms to be sanitized by rink staff immediately prior to and after practices.
- Buses will be provided to transfer players to and from hotels for practices and games.
- No fans to be in attendance.
- No team travel out of the local market, or by public transportation.
- Players should maintain social distancing when not on the ice.
- Arena staff will be following their own internal COVID-19 protocols to help ensure the safety of all individuals, and admission to the rink and associated facilities shall be limited to essential personnel.
- Following the games, any athletes returning to a province or state will comply with whatever regulatory requirements are in force at that time.
- Individuals who had positive tests for COVID-19 post-January 1, 2021 and have fully recovered, and players that are fully vaccinated, are not subject to temperature or COVID-19 testing and are not subject to contact tracing as described in these protocols.
The first semifinal game featuring the Toronto Six and Boston Pride will be played on March 26 at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the Minnesota Whitecaps facing off against the Connecticut Whale at 8 p.m. ET. The winners compete for the Isobel Cup at 7 p.m. EST on March 27. All three championship weekend games, presented by Discover, will be televised on NBCSN and streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app exclusively in the U.S. and streamed via Twitch in Canada and other international markets.
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
Established in 2015, the NWHL was the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The mission of the league is to fuel the continued growth of the sport and brand of pro women’s hockey. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, and the Toronto Six. Visit NWHL.zone and follow on Twitter and Facebook @NWHL and Instagram @NWHL.zone.
About the Isobel Cup
The Isobel Cup is the championship trophy of the National Women’s Hockey League. It takes its name from Lord Frederick Arthur Stanley’s daughter, Isobel, who shared his love of the game and is known to be one of the first female hockey players in Canada. Isobel, along with her brothers, encouraged her father to purchase a silver cup to award to the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The Stanley Cup, as it was later named, became the championship trophy of the National Hockey League.
The front of the Isobel Cup reads: "The Lady Isobel Gathorne-Hardy Cup 1875-1963. This Cup shall be awarded annually to the greatest professional women's hockey team in North America. All who pursue this Cup, pursue a dream; a dream born with Isobel, that shall never die. EST. 2016.”