The NHL is going to need a lot of coronavirus tests. Just taking team personnel into account, the league would run more than 40,000 tests by the time the Stanley Cup is awarded if the season resumption plays out as planned.And that’s not including officials on and off the ice, and staffs from the NHL (league and event), arena, hotel and testing company.The 24 teams set to resume the season this month for the playoffs can bring 51 people each (including players) to the two hub cities where games are to be played initially, a total of 1,224 that covers the majority of the people who would be in what the NHL is calling its secure zones. But those 1,224 make up just two of the 30 categories of people the NHL says it would test daily.The league’s Phase 4 return-to-play protocol outlines five levels of access, starting at the “core playing group” and “persons essential to (their) support” and moving out to “persons with no exposure to other groups” (such as third-party vendors and media).Once you add everyone who doesn’t work for a team, the number of tests for the playoffs’ qualifying round alone — which would have 16 teams — easily would surpass 20,000.After the qualifying round, the eight losing teams would leave the secure zone, taking with them a third of the total team employees. But this is a large undertaking, and testing is a key component of the NHL’s attempts to keep the virus from spreading in either hub.The protocol specifies that anyone, including players, who refuses to be tested would be “prohibited from participating in their job functions” and could be removed permanently from the secure zone.He or she would immediately isolate in a hotel room or specific designated location. If the person was asymptomatic, a confirmation test would be given and the person would remain in isolation until producing two negative tests 24 hours apart, or for 10 days.For anyone with symptoms, two negative tests would be necessary to leave isolation, or they would have to show no symptoms for more than 72 hours after 10 days in isolation.Players would also have a cardiac screening after exiting isolation. They either would have to refrain from exercise for 14 more days or have testing to compare cardiac activity to their pre-participation medical screening, which each player is to have before training camp.The NHL will engage testing companies in each hub city. They will use RT-PCR testing, which can produce results in 15 minutes or up to 24 hours, depending on the specific test.Teams are responsible for gathering their own tests for training camp, which is scheduled to start Monday. They are to contract with private companies to purchase the tests.The testing “must be done in the context of excess testing capacity so as not to deprive health care workers, vulnerable populations and symptomatic individuals from necessary diagnostic tests,” the league’s protocol says.The idea behind purchasing tests from private companies is to avoid taking from those available to the general public. The testing provided by Hillsborough and Pinellas counties comes from a different source. Neither county provides the rapid-response tests.All players and anyone who comes in contact with them — coaches, team staff, ice and building maintenance staff and security — are to be tested before they enter the arena for the first time and every other day after that.That’s more than 500 tests for Lightning players coaches, medical and equipment staff alone.