The National Hockey League has announced that all of the New York Islanders’ (NHL) games scheduled for the coming season, including the Nov. 10 match against the Buffalo Sabres, have been postponed due to the E coli outbreak in New York.
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The Islanders’ home games on the West Coast, as well as a game against the Montreal Canadiens on December 2, have also been cancelled.
The outbreak affects all of the state’s public places and businesses, including the St Thomas Aquinas hospital, near the Queens stadium where the Islanders play their home games. Of the 10 people currently believed to have been exposed to the bacteria, nine have tested positive for the organism. All will be told to take complete rest for three days.
However, the agency said it does not believe that the infection has spread to the entire state.
When the team practice to prepare for the 2020-21 season, all players will have to wear face masks to protect against E coli contamination.
Members of the Islanders’ coaching staff, including Jack Capuano, were also affected by the outbreak.
“We are aware of the situation and have been advised by the State Department of Health to not permit our players to train or play in any recreational/futbol-type areas outside the confines of the facility,” Capuano said. “We’re also working with the NHL, team management and doctors to continue to maintain the high level of medical and other state-of-the-art facility conditions which is expected of any NHL organization.”