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Matthews deemed fit to play after reported positive coronavirus test

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Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews has been deemed fit to play and will join the club at training camp on Monday, general manager Kyle Dubas announced Sunday, per TSN's Mark Masters.

Matthews, 22, reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus in May and subsequently went into quarantine at his home in Arizona.

The 6-foot-3 pivot racked up a career-best 47 goals and 80 points over 70 games during the shortened 2019-20 season, leading the club in both of those categories. Matthews was scoring at a 55-goal pace over 82 games, which would have set a single-season franchise record.

Teams will report to training camp Monday for Phase 3 of the NHL's return-to-play plan before traveling to their respective hub cities July 26. The qualifying round gets underway Aug.1. The Maple Leafs will meet the Columbus Blue Jackets in their best-of-five play-in series.

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