SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced Wild players will begin voluntary small-group training at TRIA Rink in downtown Saint Paul on Wednesday, June 24. For the health and safety of all involved, these sessions will not be open to the public or media.
In accordance with Phase 2 of National Hockey League's (NHL) Return to Play Plan, all players and select staff permitted inside the facility will be tested for COVID-19 prior to participation. All players will also undergo pre-participation medical evaluations prior to skating and working out at TRIA Rink.
Wild players and staff will follow the health and safety guidelines set forth by the Phase 2 protocol of the NHL's Return to Play Plan, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health. TRIA Rink has adopted preventive measures to protect against the contraction of COVID-19, as well as proactive steps to ensure rigorous cleaning and sanitation of the facility going forward.
All individuals expecting to enter TRIA Rink will have completed a remote educational meeting prior to arriving at the facility. Club personnel will be divided into two groups, "Player Access" and "No Player Access." Players can skate in groups of up to 12, and must remain socially distant during both on and off-ice sessions. Player groups will have specific arrival and departure times, as well as designated non-contact points of entry/exit to the building.
The health and safety of our guests, players and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to work closely with the NHL and local, state and national authorities on all of our safety measures and any necessary next steps we need to take in regards to COVID-19. We encourage everyone to continue to follow hygienic practices such as frequent hand washing, maintaining social distancing protocols and wearing a face covering where advised.