“I Feel Like I’m Ready to Take the Next Step”: Lars Eller Talks Quarantine and Returning to Hockey Activities After Partaking In Full Practice

The surprising news that Washington Capitals Center Lars Eller had been placed in the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol during the team’s recent West Coast road swing came unexpectedly, with the Capitals’ already dealing with a number of key offensive players out due to injury at the time. On Tuesday, after participating in a full practice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex, Eller discussed his time quarantined, and returning to game shape.

Eller, who returned to Washington earlier this week and practiced with teammates for the first time in nearly two weeks, was required to quarantine in California for 10 days as a result of the NHL’s protocol.

“The quarantine is far worse than the disease itself, at least in my case. It’s not healthy to sit inside for a long time, I think that’s very unhealthy for anyone”, Eller told the media. “I felt like I had a mild cold or flu for three days, but I never had a high fever or excessive breathing problems.

After feeling well from his initial symptoms, Eller acquired some exercise equipment to help keep him shape during the 10-day period.

“After Day 4, when I had felt good for a day, I got a training bike in my room, some dumbbells, some training gear, tried to find a routine. Workouts in the morning, afternoons are a lot of movies, shows, sometimes I’d do a little bit of work again before dinner, another movie, another show, reading, listening all kinds of things. Tried a little bit of everything, tried to stay sane. After Day 4, I tried to do somewhat of a schedule to stay sane, because the not knowing. At least try to say ‘Okay, this time slot I’m gonna try to do this and this’, helps the mind a little bit not being so restless, but it’s still challenging because you feel like you’re wasting time when you should be somewhere else. I hope I don’t have to do it again anytime soon”.

Eller, who along with the other members of the team was vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the season and has followed the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols, is unsure of where he contracted the virus. Unlike the New York Islanders, who have several players in COVID-19 protocol and have had games postponed, Eller was the only member of the Capitals to contract the virus.

“No one else on the team got it, nobody in my house got it. I have no idea where I got it from. We’re trying to count, most likely, probably somewhere on that road trip between Detroit and Columbus, but I’ve really only been around my teammates, so it’s really odd so I guess I’ve just been extremely unlucky”.

Despite being out for 10 days, the veteran center insists he is feeling good and itching to get back into game action.

“I felt good, I felt like I’m ready to take the next step. I feel like I’m close. We’ll see, talk to Lavy [Capitals Head Coach Peter Laviolette] later. I’ve had two good days on the ice, but you always want to fight”.

While Eller said his lungs and breathing feel fine while on the ice, the mental aspect of being back in skates is in catch up mode.

“It’s mostly the timing. I’m not too worried about my legs and lungs, it’s mostly getting your head back to that speed again after not doing anything on the ice for awhile. I feel really good, like I’m full of energy, almost a little rejuvenated.

Eller explained that while he was only sick for a few days and felt fine, another test showed he still had the virus, and the 10-day period was in place as a result of California restrictions; to his understanding, the length may have varied according to the state in which he was quarantining in.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to “I Feel Like I’m Ready to Take the Next Step”: Lars Eller Talks Quarantine and Returning to Hockey Activities After Partaking In Full Practice

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Glad Eller can practice again and getting back. At least he could come back in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. I had visions of him stuck in an Anaheim hotel for Thanksgiving.

  2. Don says:

    The reason he felt like he only had a mild cold or flu is because he had either a mild cold or flu. COVID-19 only redefined the common cold or flu, among every other sickness or death such as car crash. The PCR Test, as described by the inventor, stated these tests are not ever intended to be used to test for viruses. The Worldwide Hoax continues on. I still enjoy my Caps, but I’m sure I attended my last live event. Too many have enabled this Hoax to get to these current levels.

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