April 19, 2021

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Travel Finishes First

Golden Knights booted from San Jose lodging as hotel abruptly closes

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AP Photo/Josie Lepe

Personnel arrive for COVID-19 tests prior to coming into SAP Centre for an NHL hockey video game involving the Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.

The Golden Knights conquer the Sharks in time beyond regulation last evening, but experienced to scramble to determine out wherever to keep just after the match.

The lodge the Golden Knights ended up staying at, the downtown Fairmont Lodge, suddenly closed Friday. 

“That’s a first for most likely every person on our group,” defenseman Nick Holden explained.

The Golden Knights packed their luggage and remaining for the rink like a standard final day in a town, then returned to a diverse hotel just after the activity. They engage in the Sharks again at 7:30 p.m. right now just before departing for Minnesota as portion of a road series with the Wild.

“It was a surreal experience,” mentor Pete DeBoer explained. “Hopefully this is the conclusion of the COVID yr, but it was virtually the topping on the cake for what the final calendar year has been for every person in the earth. Just one more point toss at you, a different issue to offer with.

“Not that I’m putting it in the same breath as dealing with COVID, but it was just 1 of these items we bought thrown at us, we dealt with it and found a way to get off to a excellent start, so great resiliency by our team.”

The hotel, known as a “landmark” and “iconic” by the San Jose Mercury News, was a target of the having difficulties lodge enterprise in California, in accordance to the newspaper. In all of 2020, just 14 notices of default for a bank loan had been filed from resorts in the state. In January on your own, there have been at least 20.

The Mercury News documented that the house owners of the lodge experienced money owed amongst $100 and $500 million, but hopes to open up all over again in a handful of months.

This will impact much more than just the Golden Knights. Mainly because of NHL virus protocols, the league designates one hotel in a metropolis to provide as every single going to team’s lodging to make certain the lodge abides by league rules.

So when the St. Louis Blues arrive to town on Monday, they won’t be keeping at the Fairmont Lodge.

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