Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-09-22 19:58:00 –
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 | 4:58 pm
Golden Knights have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Team General Manager Kelly McClimon announced today.
The NHL has imposed strict measures on unvaccinated players as an incentive to receive vaccination. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said this week that he believes the league has an immunization rate of almost 100% and that less than 15 players will be subject to restrictions.
Some teams, including New York Islanders and general manager Lou Lamoriello, have insisted that unvaccinated players not join the team and are considering allocating the only holdout to Europe. increase.
Columbus Blue Jackets said he would not invite Zac Rinaldo to the camp until he was vaccinated. Blue Jackets and San Jose Sharks also sent assistant coaches to leave their position instead of being vaccinated.
The Golden Knights are heading towards full vaccination, breaking the 85% barrier in the playoffs.
After two shortened seasons, we hope this season will return to its pre-pandemic state. The league will reopen its 82-game calendar this year. This includes all teams traveling to all cities for the match after last year’s intra-departmental match. The Canadian border has been reopened to the NHL team, and Vegas will make its first north trip in November.
And while fans were allowed to enter the T-Mobile Arena for the game by the middle of last season, practice remained closed all year round. This season’s practice will begin with the first ice training and scrimmage starting at 10am on Friday and will be resumed by fans. You need a mask, but you don’t need a vaccine.
This is the first time fans have been able to see the Golden Knights practice since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
“I’ve never been more thankful to the fans because there was a stretch where they weren’t there,” McClimon said. “Fans have never heard better than after COVID.”
Las Vegas players reported that they would camp early today and have their first training on Thursday morning.