For their first home game in front of fans this season on Tuesday against the New York Islanders, the Washington Capitals have invited hundreds of pre-selected frontline workers to the game to be honored for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It means a lot. I wish more of my co-workers and colleagues could go, but I’m just glad I’m able to go and we are able to get fans back into the arena,” Alex Markenson, a huge Capitals fan, is an ER nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, told ABC7’s Scott Abraham. “I’m super excited to return to Capital One Arena and get some normalcy back into everyday life. It’s an honor to be able to go.”
At the start of the pandemic, Markenson and his co-workers were literally on the front lines and faced apprehension and uncertainty, navigating a path that sometimes changed hourly.
“It’s been very unique, very interesting. One of the big things about emergency medicine for us is that it’s always unknown what we’re going to be experiencing and what will come through the doors,” Markenson said. “During the pandemic, we had to trial and figure out what was working best. Nobody really knew what our plan was and how to treat these COVID patients. Kudos to all of my colleagues, doctors, residents for working together as a team, sticking through and working through this.”
While Markenson was putting his life on the line, he always looked to the Capitals whenever he needed a mental break.
“Sports are always a great way to cope and heal. The [Capitals] have been a big part of my life, my parents were season ticket holders growing up,” Markenson said. “When they were making their Stanley Cup run, I was finishing up nursing school, studying for my boards and there was no better way to wind down from a day of studying then watching the [Capitals].”
2,100 fans (10% capacity) will be allowed inside Capital One Arena for Capitals games starting on Tuesday.
You can watch Markenson’s interview with Abraham below:
WATCH – “It means a lot. I think it’s going to be overwhelming”
Tonight on @7NewsDC.
— Scott Abraham (@Scott7news) April 23, 2021
By Harrison Brown