Martin Fehérváry made his NHL debut in the Capitals’ season opener against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. The 19-year-old Slovak defenseman, the Caps’ second-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, made the team after an impressive Training Camp.
“That’s one of the more enjoyable parts of the job is when a guy plays his first game” head coach Todd Reirden said after the Capitals morning skate. “I usually don’t talk too much about it until after the game but for me, I just wanted to let him know yesterday. We got into the hotel, and I just grabbed him and wanted to let him know, ‘You understand that you’re playing [Wednesday].’ And he was like, ‘That’s what I thought,’ so he is obviously an unassuming kid. He really works hard, extremely hard, and he is a great skater. That was a fun conversation to have, and regardless of how the game goes for him tonight, it’s a great accomplishment. For anyone to play a game in the NHL is remarkable, and I’m looking forward to watching him play tonight and then shaking his hand after he has accomplished a lifelong dream.”
After the game on Wednesday, Fehérváry got a special honor in the Capitals locker room from Alex Ovechkin.