Alex Ovechkin invited Peter Laviolette to dinner, but the coach declined due to quarantine. Here’s likely what he missed.
Peter Laviolette has 18 seasons of head coaching experience for four different NHL teams. But after being hired by the Capitals in the summer, the 56-year-old Lavy has had trouble getting to know his new players because of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s just completely different,” Laviolette said. “Typically a coach would be here a month before the season starts and in the rink. And while you’re not allowed to work with the players and I respect the rules, you see them and bump into them. You may see them around the rink or you could go to dinner with them or you could sit down with them at breakfast and talk and get to know them a little bit.”
Laviolette also recently had to decline a meal with the team’s captain and best player, Alex Ovechkin, due to the new protocols.