The Vegas Golden Knights are currently on hiatus as the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis.
It has been two weeks since the Vegas Golden Knights last hit a puck in competitive anger, with the entire sports world on lockdown due to COVID-19.
Adjusting to a new normal was hit home today on what was supposed to be Opening Day in the MLB, with memorable games from baseball’s rich history having to suffice instead.
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And, given that it is no slam dunk that hockey will even return this year, you can be forgiven for feeling rather downbeat right now.
However, it is our job at Vegas Hockey Knight to keep you entertained throughout these uncertain times, and we have just the thing for you.
With most of us in self-isolation and probably climbing the walls, we thought it would be fun to think of the five Vegas Golden Knights players that would be great to be stuck indoors with.
Now, there are no rules to this apart from the fact that we have chosen our five from both past and present players.
Other than that, it is a free for all so, on that note, let’s dive in…
1. Nate Schmidt
Always smiling, Nate Schmidt is at the top of our list when it comes to the five Vegas Golden Knights players we’d want to be quarantined with.
In uncertain and scary times such as these, you need some light relief and Schmidt would certainly provide that with his glass half-full approach to life coupled with his bubbly attitude.
Schmidt is the type of guy that could brighten up any situation, no matter how grim, and he’s a nice guy so he would no doubt be willing to help around the house.
Plus, according to his own personal Instagram account, he’s also a dab hand when it comes to painting which could come in handy with all this spare time on our hands.
Put it simply, Nate Schmidt is your guy for self-isolation.
Who wouldn’t want to be stuck with Marc-Andre Fleury in quarantine?!
One of hockey’s nice guys, Fleury probably gets on with everyone and he’s also one of the biggest pranksters in the game, so he would be fun to have around the house.
If you are ever bored, which is likely if you are in self-isolation, then you could play video games with Fleury, hide & seek, tag, whatever you want but it would be hours of fun.
Just watch out, however, because Fleury is a joker and you could end up with all kind of mayhem going down around the house, including finding unpleasant things in places you would rather you didn’t.
The NHL stoppage has brought us Marc-Andre “The Tool Man” Fleury.
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) March 17, 2020
Plus, the future Hall of Famer could regale you with tales of how he won three Stanley Cups, including that stunning Game 7 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 after making THAT sublime save.
And, as an added bonus, Fleury also has a hidden talent when it comes to doing DIY (as you can see above), so if you have a job that you have been putting off for years, you could put the star goalie to good use while in quarantine.
No longer a member of the Vegas Golden Knights, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was a vital cog in the Golden Knights team that made a stunning run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017-18.
Used as a bottom-six center, Bellemare excelled in the faceoff circle while chipping in with vital offense and coming up clutch in key moments.
But, hockey expertise aside, Bellemare is a really interesting person with a fascinating background outside of sports.
Born in France, the 35-year-old had to really grind to get to where he is now, spending a number of years in Europe before seizing his chance with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2014-15.
Bellemare is very intellectual and he has a passion for renovation, having invested in a property in Switzerland before sprucing it up.
Therefore, Bellemare would be ideal to be quarantined with because you could actually have a real intelligent conversation with him about all manner of things and interesting topics.
4. Ryan Reaves
If you need protection, hire Ryan Reaves.
Now, if you are in self-isolation, there is probably nothing to protect against but you can never be too careful.
But Reaves could certainly keep you safe in your own home and, if you have kids, he could certainly be the strict teacher when it comes to homeschooling.
After all, Reaves is a big, scary wrecking ball of a man and if little Max doesn’t do sit down and do his homework properly, then you could rely on the enforcer to shoot that icy stare of his to ensure the work gets done.
Plus, Reaves would scream at you if you didn’t wash your hands for 20 seconds or if you didn’t keep your distance, so there is that.
And, if Evander Kane came anywhere near the house, then you know for sure Ryan Reaves would be out in a flash to handle business.
This is going to be short but I would be absolutely fascinated to be quarantined with the Russian forward.
Why I hear you ask?
I just want to know what the hell happened in Vegas.
A big addition by the Golden Knights in May. 2017, and the second signing in franchise history, Shipachyov was meant to be the franchise center.
However, it never quite worked out despite the fact that he scored on his NHL debut against the Boston Bruins.
And it turned ugly after Shipachyov was suspended on Oct. 29, for failing to report to the AHL, leading to his contract being terminated after the forward returned to Russia.
So, basically, it would be fascinating for me anyway to sit down one-on-one with Shipachyov to find out what really happened from his perspective.
Those are the five Vegas Golden Knights players we would want to be quarantined with, but what about you?
Who would you want to be in self-isolation with?
Let us know in the comments section below or tweet us here.