Dinamo Minsk’s opponent, Jokerit Helsinki, decided not to fly to Minsk due to the political situation in Belarus and issues related to COVID-19 . The game was ultimately deemed by the KHL to be a forfeit by Jokerit.
Protas and Dinamo Minsk will try again on Saturday when they host Barys. The good news, Barys arrived in Minsk Thursday night. As for Protas, he had a goal in four preseason games, centering the 4th line in the last two tuneup games.
— Jon Sorensen (@jon_m_sorensen) August 16, 2020
In other KHL news, Habarovsk Amur has apparently suffered a significant COVID-19 outbreak.”Due to Covid-19, we won’t be able to play with our best roster. We have recalled players from our junior team to help.” Pavel Torgajev noted in a statement. There have been rumors that the team will hit the road with a roster solely based on VHL (minor league) and MHL (junior league) players.
In Riga, where Barys Nur-Sultan met the hosts Dinamo Riga, one of the match referees tested positive for COVID-19 so the entire officiating crew was pulled from the game. The game was eventually played, with Barys beating Riga, 3-2.
By Jon Sorensen