Capitals’ Connor McMichael: “This Is What You Work For Your Whole Life … I Had A Lot Of Fun”

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After finishing his NHL debut with two penalty minutes, one shot, and a 100% winning percentage at the faceoff dot in 9:54 worth of ice time during the Washington Capitals’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday afternoon, forward Connor McMichael told the media “It was really exciting. Obviously, this is what you work your whole life for and, obviously, a little bit of nerves, but I thought I had a good game and I had a lot of fun.”

“There [are] not too many thoughts,” McMichael said but added that he does not want to overthink what he is doing.

On the minor penalty that he took in the first period, the 20-year-old said that “[I] obviously don’t want that” but it happens in the game.

McMichael told the media that he had a couple of “Welcome to the NHL moments:” going into the Capitals’ locker room for the first time and seeing players like Sabres forwards Jack Eichel and Taylor Hall out there.

McMichael felt like he had “pretty good legs” during his debut and said that it “wasn’t hard to get up for this one.”

When asked about how his teammates treated him going into his NHL debut, McMichael said “They were all excited for me. They’ve been through it before. … They made me feel comfortable.”

McMichael said that he was told by assistant coach Scott Arniel that he would be in the lineup against the Sabres after Saturday’s practice. The first people he texted were his parents.

Capitals bench boss Peter Laviolette was pleased with the rookie’s debut. “I thought he was good. It’s always a tall order jumping into a team, especially when you don’t have a training camp, or you know he’s coming out of quarantine, he’s had one real practice with the team, for him to jump into a come-tigers game like tonight, I thought he did a pretty good job.”

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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