Capitals’ Head Coach Todd Reirden Discusses Keeping Family Safe During Coronavirus Pandemic, Daily Dose of Hockey, and the State of the Team During the NHL Pause

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On Monday morning, Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden was on a conference call with the media discussing keeping his family safe and healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic, his daily dose of hockey, and the state of the team during the NHL pause.

Reirden has been staying home with his family. Self-isolating is the “best chance” to stay healthy. On behalf of the Capitals, he thanks all of the first responders, frontline health care workers, and truck drivers delivering food and products to grocery stores and the sacrifices they are making for people like us. “It’s been a surreal time, that’s for sure,” Reirden said.

His 17-year-old son, Travis, has Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) and receives treatments to fight off viruses. The family has been staying on top of it, being mindful and “making the right choices” such as being careful what they are bringing in and immediately washing clothes and washing hands once they return home. Travis is doing well and is healthy, according to Reirden.

The Capitals bench boss speaks to head trainer Jason Serbus every morning to check on the team’s health. All players and staff have had no COVID-19 symptoms and are healthy.

“I’m a routine type of guy,” Reirden answered about staying in a routine during this unprecedented time. He gets his “dose of hockey” every morning by reading league news or watching videos.

Before the pause on March 12, the Capitals held onto the first spot in the Metropolitan Division at 41-20-8 and 90 points and fifth in overall standings. Reirden says his “ideal” scenario would be a shortened regular season before heading into the playoffs. He already has a plan should the NHL do a mini-camp, but would like a fair process if or when the league resumes play.

Several discussions have taken place regarding the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. Reirden’s biggest goal is for the team to bring the Stanley Cup back to D.C. a second time.

The widely-popular Nexflix series, Tiger King, has been almost everyone’s show to binge-watch while in quarantine. Reirden has watched the series! He even prepared discussion notes for Capitals players who have watched it adding, “It’s one of those things that you want to be prepared for as a coach.”

You can listen to the full conference call here:

By Della Young

About Della Young

Della Young is a fiction writer based out of the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area and an online student attending Full Sail University. She got her start in the entertainment industry at age seven as an actress. At the young age of nine, Della wrote a psychological thriller short story that sparked her interest in creative writing. She comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for sports. In her spare time, Della enjoys photography, traveling, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on Twitter: @dellayoung
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