Martin Fehervary Arrives In DC, Prepared To Win A Spot On Capitals Roster

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The Montreal Canadien’s Tomas Tatar is already one of the well-established Slovak hockey players in the NHL. He has played in almost six hundred games so far in his career, and also played in the Stanley Cup finals.

Fellow Slovak and Capitals defender Martin Fehérváry recently completed his entire offseason training with Tatar, who believes that his career will go in a similar direction as his more experienced friend.

The Bratislava native made his debut in the Washington jersey last season. He also played for the Capitals in the “bubble” playoffs in Toronto. The 21-year-old defender was packing fast for his flight to DC this morning.

“It was a little hectic. I wanted to be in Washington earlier to get 100 percent ready for camp. I should be quarantined for seven days. During that time, I need to pass four negative tests, then I can start training with the team,” explained Fehervary to Sport.sk.

The Capitals should still be among the NHL favorites, even though they received the unfortunate news that their biggest offseason reinforcement, Henrik Lundqvist, will not play for the team. The legendary Swedish goalkeeper announced that he will miss the year due to heart problems.

“It is sad. I was very happy to be on the same team with a legend. After all, Henrik is one of the best goalkeepers of the last decade. However, health must be paramount. I believe that it will be possible together and we will play together someday,”  wished the twenty-one-year-old defender.

Despite the absence of experience of the former New York Rangers icon, the Slovak hockey player thinks that the Capitals remain among the NHL favorites.

“We have an excellent team, albeit a little older. There are still huge stars, such as Alex Ovečkin and Nicklas Backström. I’m looking forward to the competition.”

Most importantly, Fehérváry, like Tomáš Tatar, has successfully avoided coronavirus.

“I have to knock on wood, I have successfully avoided the virus. I firmly believe that this will remain the case in America. ”

Fehérváry spent the coronavirus period in Slovakia most often fishing. He may not have his favorite carp on his table in Washington, but he enjoyed it to the fullest at home.

“Apart from training, I didn’t have much to do, so I enjoyed fishing. I have loved it since I was a child. I finally crossed the magic line of twenty kilograms. I caught exactly 21.6 kilograms of carp. It was an unexpected reward for perseverance, as I was already quite sorry in the boat,” laughed the defender.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His passion for the Caps has grown over the decades, which has included time as a season ticket holder, social media and community organizer, and most recently led to the founding of NoVa Caps in 2014. Jon earned a Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Old Dominion University, and is a Systems Engineer during intermissions, which has been instrumental in supporting his Capitals habit.
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2 Responses to Martin Fehervary Arrives In DC, Prepared To Win A Spot On Capitals Roster

  1. Eric Lord says:

    If Fehervary doesn’t win a spot on the defense, the question is what do the Caps do with him. Do they keep him on the taxi squad as an additional d-man? Or do they send him to Hershey (assuming the AHL plays) and allow him to play a lot of minutes in a lot of situations? Playing in Hershey would probably be better for his development, but the Caps could want him around the NHL club.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Agree with you Eric. I’m not sure how this 4-6 player taxi squad is going to work. Assuming he doesn’t make the team, he’s better off in Hershey playing games. Fehervary is waivers-exempt, so it might be just a bunch of call ups/send-downs for him. I’m wondering how someone like Vitek Vanecek, who is not waivers-exempt, will get games this season.

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