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Senators broadcaster Gord Wilson tests positive for COVID-19 after 2 players

Longtime Ottawa Senators broadcaster Gord Wilson has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently recovering at home while his wife, Patricia Boal, has not tested positive for the coronavirus.

Blues play-by-play man John Kelly, 2nd Avalanche player also test positive

Senators broadcaster Gord Wilson has tested positive for COVID-19. The diagnosis was confirmed Friday, about 11 days after he was first tested. Two Senators players tested positive earlier in March. (Getty Images)

Longtime Ottawa Senators broadcaster Gord Wilson has tested positive for COVID-19.

Wilson's status was confirmed on Friday by his wife, Patricia Boal, on an Ottawa newscast.

Boal, who works for CTV Ottawa, joined her network via FaceTime to make the announcement from their home.

Wilson is currently recovering at home and both he and Boal, who has not tested positive for the coronavirus, have been in self-isolation since March 18.

Boal said the diagnosis was confirmed Friday, about 11 days after Wilson was first tested.

Players tested positive earlier in month

Wilson tweeted his own update on Friday night after the segment aired, saying:

"Hey- just a quick response to all who have reached out with well wishes. All are very much appreciated. Update is- still in symptomatic stage so just continuing to wash my hands, and ride it out. :) Stay home. Stay healthy! Cheers. Gw."

Two Senators players tested positive earlier this month, while a second Colorado Avalanche player in two days on Friday became the fourth NHLer to have the COVID-19 virus.

"The player is in self-isolation," the Avalanche stated in a news release Saturday. "All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated as per prior league direction and are monitoring their health."

The Senators, including Wilson, were part of a recent California road trip that had games in San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles before the league postponed its season last week due to the outbreak.

Wilson also suffered what he called a "minor heart attack" on Feb. 16, spending three days in hospital before rejoining the broadcast team.

Wilson is the colour commentator for Senators radio broadcasts on TSN 1200 and has been part of the Ottawa broadcast team since the franchise's return to the NHL in 1992.

Kelly feeling strong

The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.

The Blues say they're "thrilled to report" that Kelly is feeling strong again and and is symptom-free.

With files from The Associated Press and CBC Sports

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