NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said testing was key to the league potentially resuming amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The NHL season was suspended in March due to COVID-19, which has killed more than 239,000 people worldwide.
As sports look for ways to potentially restart amid the pandemic, several options are being considered by officials around the world.
Daly said a key factor for the NHL was its ability to test for coronavirus, which has hit the United States hard.
"We're going to need to have access to testing, and we're going to make it a point that we're not accessing testing, even in a private way, if testing availability is an issue in the community," Daly told 630 CHED on Friday.
"We will not test asymptomatic players ahead of symptomatic people who are unable to get tested.
"It's just something we will not do."
There have been more than 1.1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus in the USA, where the death toll exceeds 65,700.