When the Calgary Flames unveiled their training camp roster on Sunday, two contracted players were absent. Goaltender Tyler Parsons is missing camp due to having ankle surgery last month. The other missing player, forward, Martin Pospisil, was a bit of a mystery.
Well, mystery solved: according to an article on the website of the Slovakian Ice Hockey Association, Pospisil is still in Slovakia because he tested positive for COVID-19 last month.
From Google Translate:
According to the original plans, Martin Pospíšil was to welcome the new year in Canada and in a few days he would have a difficult task to fight in a camp in Calgary Flames for a place in the prestigious NHL. But man changes and life changes.
“It was complicated by COVID,” the 21-year-old striker sighed. “I was positive and quarantined for ten days. This made it impossible for me to travel to the camp and it is clear that I will go directly to the team in the AHL. So I’m happy to take the chance to stay here until January 15 and stay in the game practice. I take it as a positive. “
Pospisil played for HC Kosice on Dec. 8 and then not again until Dec. 30 and Jan. 3. His positive test (presumably in mid-December) prevented him from flying to Calgary, quarantining, and then participating in main camp. He’ll remain in Slovakia until Jan. 15 and then he’ll return to North America to prepare for Stockton’s training camp. (The AHL is slated to begin play Feb. 5.)