The St. Louis Blues’ game against the Golden Knights in Las Vegas on Thursday has been postponed indefinitely by the National Hockey League (NHL) because a player and another member of the team’s coaching staff local have submitted to the COVID-19 protocol.
According to Sportsnet, the player who had to be added to the absent list is defender Alex Pietrangelo. The former St. Louis Blues captain is playing his first season in Vegas and has four points in seven games.
The identity of the instructor, however, was not disclosed.
However, general manager Kelly McCrimmon replaced head coach Peter DeBoer behind the bench as a preventative measure during Tuesday’s game against the Blues. Moreover, the entire group of assistants was placed in isolation, so that McCrimmon was only supported by the staff of the Silver Knights of Henderson, the organization’s subsidiary in the American League.
In a short statement, the NHL said it will continue to analyze the test result in the days to come. Also, the Knights facilities are closed and will remain so until further notice. A decision on the continuation of the Nevada training schedule is expected to be announced “within 24 to 48 hours.”