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Full Knights roster as coaches sit because of COVID protocols

Updated January 26, 2021 - 5:43 pm

COVID-19 has disrupted the Golden Knights’ season for the first time.

The Knights’ coaching staff is isolating “out of an abundance of caution,” the team said in a statement Tuesday. The coaches will not be on the bench for the team’s game against the St. Louis Blues at 6 p.m. Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena.

General manager Kelly McCrimmon will coach along with members of the Henderson Silver Knights’ staff.

All 20 Knights players were at T-Mobile Arena for Tuesday’s game.

The Knights’ staff is comprised of head coach Pete DeBoer, assistants Steve Spott, Ryan Craig and Ryan McGill and goaltending coach Mike Rosati. The Silver Knights’ staff is made up of of head coach Manny Viveiros, assistants Jamie Heward and Joel Ward and goaltending coach Fred Brathwaite.

This is the first time a Knights player or coach will miss a game this season because of the coronavirus. The team had four players test positive in November, and all recovered.

The Knights said they “will provide additional updates when appropriate.”

The situation is one of many the NHL has had to deal with since beginning its season Jan. 13. The Dallas Stars had 17 players test positive and didn’t start their season until Jan. 22. The Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for a violation of health and safety protocols Jan. 20.

Capitals Alexander Ovechkin, Evegeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov are on the list of NHL players unable to play or practice because of COVID-19 protocols.

Contact Ben Gotz at bgotz@reviewjournal.com. Follow @BenSGotz on Twitter.

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