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Bruins defenseman Connor Clifton said Thursday on his verified Instagram account that he tested positive for COVID-19 while on his honeymoon.

Clifton posted a photo shortly after 4 p.m. of his wife, Amanda, lying on a hotel room couch with sunglasses and a mask on. The caption read: “When you get covid on your honeymoon and your wife hates you for the very first time.”

The Bruins had no comment.

Clifton’s announcement came on the same day the NHL informed clubs about strict new penalties for unvaccinated players who test positive. Under the new protocols, a team is able to suspend a player without pay for each day he is unable to participate in club activities.


Clifton’s father, Tim, said in a message to the Globe that his son is vaccinated.

According to Instagram, Clifton and Amanda were married Aug. 21 in Shrewsbury, N.J.

The Bruins have not announced a start date for preseason training, but their first preseason game is scheduled for Sept. 26 against the Capitals.

Matt Porter of the Globe staff contributed to this report.