Four players within the Vegas Golden Knights organization have tested positive for COVID-19, the team confirmed on Monday.
TSN’s Frank Seravalli was first to report the news.
The players were not identified, but the Golden Knights confirmed they are self-isolating and recovering well.
The Golden Knights’ off-ice areas — the locker room, players lounge, gym, training area and video room — will be closed for precaution during Thanksgiving weekend. City National Arena’s amenities, including MacKenzie River Pizza and The Arsenal, will remain open to fans while following health guidelines set by the state of Nevada.
This is the first known coronavirus outbreak from the Golden Knights. No players tested positive during the league’s return to play in the summer, nor during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Seravalli reports that, at least, four players have tested positive. There could be more, and it’s also believed that some players’ family members have also been infected.
Golden Knights players and coach Peter DeBoer handed out Thanksgiving meals to families on Monday at HELP of Southern Nevada. None of the club’s members that were on hand were known to have contacted the virus at the time of the event, according to a source.
“We will continue to follow the recommendations and guidance from the CDC, NHL and our local officials to ensure the health and safety of our community, players and staff,” the Golden Knights said.