It was a crazy weekend for Washington Capitals rookie defenseman Martin Fehervary. He and the Capitals were eliminated from the 2021-22 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Friday and by Monday Fehervary was in Helsinki, Finland, preparing with Team Slovakia for the 2022 IIHF World Championship.
“I’m glad I’m here. The weekend was quite hectic, I dropped out (was eliminated) on Friday and I had to pack up quickly and fly to Finland, ” said Fehervary upon arrival in Helsinki. “I’ve been traveling all night, so I’m pretty tired,” he admitted at Helsinki Airport.
“I didn’t make it to the last team dinner, which I’m a little sorry for, but I wanted to represent and I’m glad to be here,” Fehervary told Sportsnet.sk.
“Of course, I still regret losing with Washington in the playoffs, but I’m already at the championship and I’m only thinking about the Slovak team and the upcoming matches. Whenever I can, I like to come and represent. It is a great honor, ” said Fehervary to Novy Cas.
“I watched the last match against the Germans. We have a young team in the tournament, I’m looking forward to meeting my teammates and I’m ready to help. I’ll take any role on the team and I will try to meet the expectations of the coaches,” Fehervary told Sportsnet.sk
Fehervary was asked about the Capitals season during his airport presser in Helsinki.
“Washington and I didn’t get the best team result, we had a team to advance through Florida in the playoffs, but unfortunately, it didn’t work out. If I had to evaluate it from an individual point of view, I could be satisfied.”
Fehervary did not play in Slovakia’s 5-1 loss to Canada on Monday, but is expected to be in the lineup for Slovakia’s next game against Capitals’ defensive prospect Tobias Geisser and Team Switzerland on Wednesday.