In a week that has seen the Washington Capitals have a number of their games postponed due to COVID-19, forward Conor Sheary has been quite a busy man. In one week he welcomed a newborn daughter, returned to practice after missing some time with an injury, and also played in a game. During his Wednesday meeting with the media via teleconference, the offseason acquisition detailed his busy week.
Sheary sustained an injury during the third period of a game against the Boston Bruins on February 1, and returned to game action on February 7. He and his wife Jordan welcomed their first child, daughter Mila, on February 6. Sheary detailed his busy week:
“It [his injury in the third period] turned out to be a silver lining because my daughter was born and my wife went into labor while the guys were on the road…She was born the sixth and I skated that afternoon just by myself then went back to the hospital, got up and then went to the game. It was pretty hectic but I did what I could with the sleep I had and the ice time I had before that”.
Sheary was also asked about the extended break in play the Capitals find themselves in as a result of a number of their games being postponed due to other teams’ issues with the coronavirus and whether the break could be a time for recuperation and preparation. Sheary agreed, saying, “Yeah I think…guys that have little injuries like myself that may not be long-term but are nagging and to have this extra time and just the practice and get the extra treatment will be really good for us and the guys who were on the COVID list coming back to get their conditioning back before they get in the game and get in game shape, I think if we can come back with the full lineup we started the year with, I think we’ll be better off”.
Asked whether it was frustrating to get injured at a time when he was playing well for the Caps, Sheary responded that he felt as though he picked back up where he left off:
“…I think I was coming into a new team, new system, it’s sometimes hard to get into your groove so I think the last couple games before my injury I think I kind of started to find my game again, and I’m happy I didn’t miss much time and I was able to jump right back in, and hopefully I can continue the good play…”
Sheary was asked about the protocol taken by the NHL league to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from affecting the NHL drastically during the 2020-21 season. He offered an assessment from a player’s perspective and complimented the Capitals’ medical staff, saying, “I think our medical staff and the league is doing as much as they can to combat the virus. I can only speak for our team, but guys are wearing masks in the gym and the locker room anytime we’re not on the ice, and trying to keep our distance as much as possible. There’s obviously people in our organization that are enforcing those rules and with testing every day, I don’t know what else can be done but I think as far as our team is concerned we are doing everything we can to slow the spread and not let it get through our team.
Sheary has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in nine Games Played this season, with a plus/minus rating of minus-2 and an average of 10:47 of ice time.
By Michael Fleetwood