Edmonton Oilers forward Josh Archibald is out indefinitely after being diagnosed with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Oilers coach Dave Tippett said Sunday that Archibald, 28, also showed signs of a previous COVID-19 infection.
The winger, who wasn’t vaccinated, hadn’t been feeling well as he finished serving his 14-day quarantine after arriving in Edmonton from the United States, Tippett said.
“He had a severe viral infection coming out of his quarantine,” he said. “He tried to skate for a few days and just wasn’t feeling right, so we got a bunch of tests done on him. The tests showed that at some point this summer, he had COVID. He tested for the antibodies.”
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The tests also detected the condition, which can reduce the heart’s ability to pump and cause rapid or abnormal heart rhythms, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Oilers goalie Alex Staylock also has been diagnosed with myocarditis after a COVID-19 infection and is expected to miss this season.
Archibald has played the past two seasons with the Oilers after signing as a free agent. He’s the team’s top penalty killer and has had 19 goals and 34 points in Edmonton.
Also Sunday, the Pittsburgh Penguins said forward Jake Guentzel tested positive for COVID-19.