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Golden Knights GM tests positive for coronavirus

Kelly McCrimmon is the second person involved in the league semifinal series with the Canadiens to test positive, following Montreal interim coach Dominique Ducharme.
Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon, seen here in a January 2020 news conference, is self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon, seen here in a January 2020 news conference, is self-isolating after testing positive for the coronavirus. [ SEAN KILPATRICK | AP ]
Published Jun. 20
Updated Jun. 21

MONTREAL — Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon was placed in self-isolation after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Golden Knights provided no other information except to say Sunday that McCrimmon is following NHL and local health protocols.

The test result was revealed hours before the Golden Knights play the Canadiens in Game 4 of their league semifinal series at Montreal. The Canadiens lead the series 2-1.

The winner of that series plays the winner of the Lightning-Islanders series for the Stanley Cup.

McCrimmon, 60, traveled with the team to Montreal for Games 3 and 4, and became the second person involved in the series to test positive. Canadiens interim coach Dominique Ducharme is self-isolating and will miss his second game since testing positive Friday.

A team spokesman declined to comment when asked if McCrimmon was fully vaccinated. McCrimmon said before the series that the Golden Knights had reached the 85 percent of their traveling party fully vaccinated threshold that qualifies for relaxed virus protocols.

The Golden Knights are the first U.S.-based team to travel to Canada this season after the NHL received an exemption to the country’s coronavirus restrictions from national and provincial health officials two weeks ago. With teams previously barred from cross-border travel, the league realigned its divisions for this season, put all seven-Canadian-based franchises in one division and had interdivision play only in the regular season and first two rounds of the playoffs.

The NHL’s agreement with the Canadian government requires players, coaches and staff from teams crossing the border to be contained to a bubble between the hotel and arena while in Montreal and the Canadiens while on the road in Las Vegas. McCrimmon and Vegas president George McPhee were seen maskless while watching Game 3 from a suite in Montreal on Friday night, which could be considered a protocol violation.

Ducharme said Sunday that he remained symptom-free two days after testing positive and hoped to be back behind the bench during the series against the Golden Knights.

Ducharme, 48, said he has received a two-shot vaccine and will be considered fully vaccinated Wednesday, two weeks after his second shot.

Before the news about McCrimmon was announced, he said during a 12-minute video conference call with reporters that no one he had been in contact with had tested positive and he followed NHL protocols when Montreal traveled to Las Vegas last week to open the series, the Canadiens’ first trip outside Canada this season.

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