Jan. 28 (UPI) — Thursday night’s game between the Vegas Golden Knights and St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena in Nevada was postponed after multiple members of the Golden Knights were placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocols.
The NHL said in a statement that one player — identified as defenseman Alex Pietrangelo — and an additional member of the Golden Knights’ coaching staff have entered the protocol, and the team’s training facilities have been closed indefinitely.
The league also said it is currently reviewing Vegas’ upcoming schedule and will make a decision on next week’s games “in the next 24-48 hours.”
The Golden Knights suffered a 5-4 shootout loss to the Blues on Tuesday night without any regular members of their coaching staff behind the bench. The team’s coaching staff was in self-isolation “out of an abundance of caution” after a staffer tested positive for the coronavirus.
Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon and coaches from the American Hockey League’s Henderson Golden Knights oversaw Tuesday’s game and would have coached again Thursday night against the Blues.
“The decision was made by the League’s, NHLPA’s and Club’s medical groups after recent tests warranted more caution while the League continues to analyze test results in the coming days,” the NHL said in a statement.
“The Golden Knights organization has, and will continue to follow, all recommended guidelines aimed at protecting the health and safety of its players, staff and community at large as set by the NHL, local, state and national agencies.”
This is the ninth NHL game to be postponed because of the league’s COVID-19 protocols. It is the first postponement for either the Blues or Golden Knights.