July 1, 2022

Vegas Golden Knights kicked out of hotel before beating Sharks

SAN JOSE — Getting kicked out of the downtown Fairmont Hotel sure didn’t ruin the…

Vegas Golden Knights kicked out of hotel before beating Sharks

SAN JOSE — Getting kicked out of the downtown Fairmont Hotel sure didn’t ruin the Vegas Golden Knights’ weekend in San Jose.

And it’s not as if a teeth-losing bar fight or old-time hockey shenanigans got them evicted.

The Knights beat the Sharks on back-to-back nights after the Fairmont filed for bankruptcy Friday and closed its doors, sending the Golden Knights packing.

Talk about a power play.

“When we got kicked out of our hotel, we had a real team-bonding moment, getting our stuff and finding a new place to go,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer said in Saturday night’s press conference after a 4-0 shutout of the Sharks.

The Fairmont’s financial woes prompted Friday’s early check-out for the Golden Knights and all other guests at the 805-room iconic hotel, located a short skate away from the Sharks’ SAP Center.

“We ate pregame meal then got notified our hotel was closing and we were going to have to check out,” said DeBoer, who coached the Sharks from 2015 up until his firing in December 2019.

“It was on the (Saturday) front page of the news that our hotel declared bankruptcy in the afternoon after our pregame meal,” DeBoer added. “There were a lot of moving parts the last 24 hours.”

The first-place Golden Knights packed their bags, pulled out a 5-4 overtime win Friday night over the last-place Sharks, then went from the game to a new hotel.

“We got a message saying pack your stuff when you wake up, bring it down and we ended up at a different hotel. Everything was seamless,” Vegas defenseman Nick Holden told reporters before Saturday’s game.

“It was like nothing happened for us,” Holden added. “It’s very unfortunate, obviously, for the employees of the Fairmont, kind of finding out the same way we did. But we were able to seamlessly move to the next hotel.”

The Sharks have had more than their share of hotels this season, too. Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 regulations kept them from playing in San Jose for nearly a year. The Sharks moved training camp to Arizona and played their first 12 games on the road before finally making this season’s SAP Center debut last month — against the Golden Knights, who won 3-1 on Feb. 13.