NEW YORK (77 WABC) — The New York Rangers became the latest area team to open up their practice facility on Tuesday as they prepare for the NHL to restart its season.
Six players skated at the MSG Training Center in Terrytown. Among them were Brendan Smith, Brendan Lemieux, Chris Kreider, Marc Staal, Adam Fox and Phillip Di Giuseppe.
Rangers president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton were also spotted at the MSG Training Center, according to the New York Post. Star forward Artemi Panarin was not on the ice Tuesday because he was awaiting COVID-19 test results, the Post reported.
Panarin is expected to skate on Wednesday.
The NHL began the second phase of its plan to restart the season on Monday, allowing teams to reopen practice facilities to small groups for voluntary workouts. Only groups of no more than six players are allowed to work out at a time, league guidelines state.
The New York Islanders reopened their practice Facility in East Meadow on Monday, with a small group of players hitting the ice.
The NHL’s third phase, which would be formal training camps, won’t begin until at least July 10 and the resumption of play would not occur until Late July or Early August. Play would resume with a postseason tournament, which the Islanders and Rangers both qualified for.