Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon tests positive for COVID-19

Dominique Ducharme isn’t the only significant employee to miss Canadiens – Golden Knights Game 4 due to a positive COVID test. Via various reporters including Renaud Lavoie from TVAA, Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 before Game 4

McCrimmon is 60 years old.

Golden Knights GM McCrimmon Tests Positive for COVID

Of course, the absence of a GM generally doesn’t have the same potential impact on the ice as a coach missing Game 4. Still, this is a remarkable development, especially since no Golden Knights or Canadiens players have been added to the COVID log list.

Lavoie shared a statement from the Golden Knights stating their awareness:

There’s one thing that makes this a bit more remarkable. During the third game, cameras caught McCrimmon and his colleague at Golden Knights, George McPhee, reacting to a frustrating moment – without masks.

Lavoie reports that the NHL discussed that moment with McCrimmon and McPhee, whatever that is worth:

During the 2020-21 regular season and the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, cameras routinely capture coaches and other staff members lowering masks to give orders to players. Or complain to the officials.

None of these actions resulted in fines from the NHL.

On the positive side, early reports suggest that Ducharme states that he experienced no / many COVID symptoms following his positive test result.

CANADIA VS. GOLDEN KNIGHTS (MTL leads 2-1) – Link to the series livestream

Game 1: Golden Knights 4, Canadians 1
Game 2: Canadiens 3, Golden Knights 2
Game 3: Canadians 3, Golden Knights 2 (OT)
Game 4: sun. 20th June
: Golden Knights at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / peacock)
Game 5: Tuesday, June 22nd: Canadiens at Golden Knights, 9 p.m. ET (NBCSN / peacock)
* Game 6: Thursday June 24th: Golden Knights at Canadiens, 8 p.m. ET (USA Network / peacock)
* Game 7: Saturday, June 26th: Canadiens at Golden Knights, 8 p.m. ET (NBCSN / peacock)

*if necessary

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Write a line to him phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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