NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – March 29, 2020

by | Mar 29, 2020 | News, NHL | 4 comments

Rangers owner James Dolan tests positive for COVID-19, a second Avalanche player tests positive, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines.

THE SCORE: Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan has tested positive for COVID-19. Dolan, 64, oversees the NHL’s New York Rangers and the NBA’s New York Knicks. He’s in self-isolation, experiencing little-to-now symptoms, and continues to supervise business operations.

New York Rangers owner James Dolan.

THE DENVER POST: A second Colorado Avalanche player has tested positive for the coronavirus. The players remain in self-isolation. “No other player or member or franchise staff member has shown symptoms at this time, the team said.” This is the fourth known positive COVID-19 test among NHL players, two with the Avs and two with the Ottawa Senators.

NBC SPORTS BAY AREA: All four cases have a connection to the San Jose Sharks. The Senators played the Sharks in San Jose on March 7 and the Avalanche faced them on March 8.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: To date, no Sharks players have tested positive for COVID-19. When the two Senators tested positive, there was some suggestion linking their illness to Los Angeles’ Staples Center as well as the SAP Center, as the club was in the midst of a road trip through California at the time.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators announced Peter Hogberg, father of goaltender Marcus Hogberg, has passed away. Reports in the Swedish media indicate he was battling cancer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Hogberg and his family.

TSN: Bauer Hockey is making their designs and supplier info of their full-face visors public to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPORTSNET: Goalie equipment manufacturer Brian’s Custom Sports will produce medical supplies to fight the spread against COVID-19. Part of their effort includes producing 18,000 medical gowns.


  1. Dolan also pledged to pay MSG employees through May yesterday. Good for him. New Yorkers will still hate him … but good for him!

    • New Yorkers hate everyone

      • Idk about all that. They worship the ground most athletes walk on. (who play in NY, and especially those that win)

        I don’t recall ever seeing the treatment some cities give guys who left via Free agency in NY.

        Usually results in a standing ovation.

  2. Whereas in Philadelphia, according to Bob Uecker Bob Uecker, who played a couple of years for the Phillies

    – “They’d boo a blind child on an Easter-egg hunt.”

    – “On off days, they go to the airport and boo bad landings.”

    – “I saw a fan fall out of the upper deck. When he got up and walked away, the crowd booed.”