Shh! NHL gags teams on injury disclosure for player privacy

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Columbus Blue Jackets’ coaches talk with players during the NHL hockey team’s practice Monday, July 20, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

The NHL is prohibiting teams from disclosing injuries as a way to maintain player privacy during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s an even thicker veil of secrecy for a sport that already uses vague terms like upper- and lower-body injuries.

Players asked for the nondisclosure policy to prevent individual coronavirus tests results coming to light. Saying nothing has led to rampant speculation when prominent players like Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby or Chicago goaltender Corey Crawford are missing from practice.

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