Golden Knights kicked out of San Jose hotel on game day after it goes bankrupt
After a big overtime win against a division rival, Vegas boarded its bus to leave the SAP Center without a clue where they were going.
In what has to be one of the stranger stories to come out of the strangest 12-month stretch, the downtown Fairmont Hotel in San Jose where the Golden Knights were staying suddenly closed down Friday afternoon just before the team left for its game against the Sharks.
"That's a first for probably everybody on our team," Golden Knights defenseman Nick Holden said, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
I guess so.
Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer was still in shock when talking about it Saturday at the team's morning skate.
"It was a surreal experience. Hopefully this is the end of the COVID year, but it was almost the topping on the cake for what the last year has been for everybody in the world. Just another thing thrown at you, another thing to deal with.
"Not that I’m putting it in the same breath as dealing with COVID, but it was just one of those things we got thrown at us, we dealt with it and found a way to get off to a good start, so good resiliency by our group," DeBoer said.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the downtown Fairmont was crushed by the struggling hotel and travel industry, with the owners filing for bankruptcy after accruing massive debts of "between $100 and $500 million." The hotel said it expects to reopen within two to three months after it finds a management partner and refinances.
Looks like the league will have to find a new designated "isolation hotel" for visitors of San Jose to rest their heads.
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