He’s been working out and skating since early summer. Slovakian National Team head coach Craig Ramsay was counting on him as one of the leaders of the defense for Team Slovakia in this weekend’s Olympic qualification tournament.
Unfortunately, Capitals’ defensive prospect Martin Fehervary was injured at the beginning of Team Slovakia’s training camp this week, thus eliminating any chance to play in this weekends tournament in his hometown of Bratislava, Slovakia. Fehervary discussed his injury in an interview on Thursday with Sport.sk.
When did you get hurt?
“On Sunday, like the other guys, I came to a meeting and was injured in training. I can only say that the problem is in the lower part of the body. It’s not serious, even though I still have to undergo magnetic resonance imaging (an MRI). I felt I couldn’t help the team this week.”
You can sense great disappointment in your voice …
“Everyone knows that I always like to come to represent. I was very much looking forward to the qualification. I did everything I could to give the best performance and this came.”
Have you tried to workout since Sunday?
“Yes, I tried, but I already know my body and I know what I can do. I tried it on the ice and I couldn’t skate properly.”
Have you consulted the issue with the management of the Washington Capitals?
“They already know about it, but I haven’t talked to them yet. That’s just waiting for me. ”
You haven’t played real matches in months. Are overseas players at risk from similar injuries?
“That’s right, we haven’t played in a long time, but it was also bad luck. I believe that I will get it together quickly. ”
Are you at least pleased with the words of Craig Ramsay, who counted on you as one of the leaders of the group at the age of 21?
“It was nice to hear it. I would like to confirm this with him on ice. I am disappointed with this whole situation. I sacrificed a lot of energy for it. I wanted to help and be at home in Bratislava in the process.”
Are you waiting for a rest now, or will you still take a quick vacation to recharge your batteries?
“I don’t know exactly yet, I’ll see. I want to get together in the first place to be ready for the season.”
The Capitals are expected to open training camp during the third week of September. The Capitals open their 2021-22 campaign on Wednesday, October 13, when they host the New York Rangers at Capital One Arena.
By Jon Sorensen