Washington Capitals center Lars Eller was a guest with the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday morning, just prior to the team’s morning skate at MedStar. In his weekly spot, Eller talked about his meals at home, the new alternate jersey unveiled by the Capitals yesterday and the accomplishment of playing nearly 800 NHL games.
Lars mentioned that most of his meals away from the rink are also made by the Capitals team Chef, Rob Wood. “I do a lot of packaged meals from him as well. It’s good stuff.” He texts him and has the meals delivered to his home. ”It’s almost like door dash, but completely custom (laughs)… I do that most days, actually, when we’re at home and if we’re not playing games, then usually I’ll do that…gives you just more free time to do things you really want to do, spend time with family….I think he (Chef Rob) does it for a couple of guys, I’m definitely not the only one.”
Lars also noted in the interview that he really likes the new third jerseys unveiled by the capitals on Monday. He likes the blue sweaters, and mentioned he has his Capitals jersey from the outdoor game in Annapolis framed and hanging in his home.
”Every time you put something on for the first time, yeah, that’s a special feeling. I remember when we played the outdoor game in Annapolis a couple of years ago, very very similar to those. I thought those jerseys were really cool…it’s a really good look.”
Lars will be playing in NHL career game 761 tonight, but he never dreamed of playing that many games as a kid.
”I can honestly say I didn’t. When you’re a kid you have dreams and thoughts, if you could just play one NHL game, I think you have accomplished almost all of your dreams. To now, be almost at 800, I’m fortunate and very proud of that accomplishment. I don’t know how many get to a 1,000, but it’s a very small percentage of guys, so every player that gets up towards that number, it’s truly, truly a special accomplishment.
Lars and the Capitals host Barry Trotz and the Islanders in the first of a two-game set tonight at Capitals One Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:07 p.m.
By Jon Sorensen