From the NHL:
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2021)– The National Hockey League announced today that it has fined the Washington Capitals $100,000 for Player violations of the Leagues COVID‑19 Protocols which included social interactions amongst employee who were in close contact and who were not wearing face coverings.
The Capitals spent the last couple of days in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but returned to DC last night.
Making matters worse, the NHL has actually listed a “TBA” for “To Be Announced” under Washington on its COVID-related absences list.
That list had previously listed “None” for the Caps. Well supply an upgrade as quickly as we have specifics.
That Caps are scheduled to host the Sabres on Friday. That should be their first house game. If it occurs, lets see.
That Caps are set up to host the Sabres on Friday. That need to be their first home video game. Lets see if it happens.
The Washington Capitals have the distinction of being the first string in the NHL to get fined for breaking COVID procedure.
We do not understand the specifics yet; we just the understand the cost: $100,000.
Update: Ovechkin, Orlov, Samsonov, and Kuznetsov are not available due to the NHLs COVID protocol.
2nd upgrade, 8:10 PM: The Capitals and Alex Ovechkin have released statements.
In addition, on NHLs COVID-related absence list: WASH has a “TBA” next to it. NYIs Josh Bailey added today.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 20, 2021