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    The Pittsburgh Penguins star centre Sidney Crosby and the defenceman Brian Dumoulin have tested positive for COVID-19. The two athletes have entered the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol as announced by the team on Wednesday. According to the team, Crosby is feeling mild symptoms, but Dumoulin seems to be asymptomatic.

    Crosby contracted the virus just a week after his season debut after missing the first seven games due to left wrist surgery. Head coach Mike Sullivan said “I’m sure he’s discouraged. He worked extremely hard to get to this point, and we were all so excited about getting him back in fold… This puts another roadblock in front of it. But we’ll control what we can, and we’re hopeful that Sid will return soon.”

    Despite the majority of the team being vaccinated, the Penguins have had some roster struggles with the coronavirus this season. Crosby and Dumoulin account for the seventh and eighth athletes to contract COVID-19 on the team since September.

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