Marcus Foligno was the first Minnesota Wild player to contract COVID-19, and now he feels responsible for the team’s outbreak.
Foligno last played against the Colorado Avalanche on Jan. 30, and the Wild played two more games before shutting down their facility as the virus spread throughout the team. Foligno told The Athletic’s Michael Russo:
“I felt really guilty. It’s kind of like (I) brought it here. You never want to be the first one or just, in general, get it. It’s a guilty feeling, which is weird because you shouldn’t feel guilty. But that’s just how it is, and when you’re the first one, everyone kind of sees your name pop up first and then the domino effect throughout the team after that.”
The Wild have had six games postponed because of the outbreak, and 14 players remain on the COVID-19 list. According to Russo, the Wild are expecting to resume on Feb. 16 against the Los Angeles Kings.
In nine games this season, Foligno has three points (one goal, two assists). He is in his fourth season with the Wild.