Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson spoke to the media through a Zoom call on Wednesday.
The likely Norris Trophy finalist revealed how he’s been training to stay in shape, when he thinks the NHL season will resume, and how he’s been communicating with his teammates.
He also touched on his time at home with his two young sons, Lucca and Rudy. John and his wife Gina, like most families with children during the coronavirus pandemic, are running out of things to with their kids.
“We’ve been doing our best, trying to come up with as many activities as we can,” Carlson said. “We’re almost down to none of our Easter stuff that we got the kids, just pulling stuff out and trying to find some ways. And it’s been great to spend a lot of time with them, but it is a change.”
Carlson went on to say he’s really loved the extra family time, and he’s come to appreciate his wife Gina more.
“Just being able to see what my wife’s had to deal with for the last couple months is pretty sobering,” Carlson said. “It’s fun to get to do a lot of things, although we are quarantined to the house, it is fun to see them more. Hearing my name screamed around the house a lot more is fun. When we look back, and hopefully this thing turns around, and everything finishes out like it was, it will definitely be a moment that I’ll remember, that I got to spend that much more time with them, see them grow, and turn into real human beings. It’s pretty special.”
While Carlson has played with his kids more, he hasn’t been that in touch with his teammates, who are all doing their best to pass the time and stay in shape individually.
“There hasn’t really been too many Zoom phone calls. I think you call your teammates or text them here and there whenever,” Carlson said. “Everyone’s obviously dealing with different circumstances with the quarantine and people are in different places too. We all try to stay in touch as much as possible but it’s not every other day we have a Zoom conference call just to say what’s up with each other.”
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