Capitals Center Lars Eller is one of the most educated players in the NHL on COVID-19 – in 2020 he partnered with a tech company to donate a cleaning portal to a DC homeless shelter – but he had the worst luck during the pandemic.
Eller has contracted the coronavirus twice this season. His latest bout of COVID in mid-March forced him to self-quarantine in a hotel room in Vancouver as his teammates returned to the United States after completing a road trip.
“It’s a nice prison cell with really good food,” Eller said in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies on Thursday. “It is what it is.”
Eller revealed he spent six days stuck in purgatory before he could return home to the United States. He missed three games due to the positive test.
“I really had to spend all the time in my bedroom,” Eller said. “Yeah, [the days] were long. It’s the second time. I did 10 days in Anaheim in early November. It’s rough. I knew straight away, try to have a routine, habits, so you don’t go crazy and just stare at the wall over there or get too anxious.
Eller said he got room service three times a day and kept fit thanks to a generous donation from the Canucks.
“I received some practice equipment that the Canucks coaches were kind enough to drop off,” Eller said. “Close to resistance bands and one of them like sets of dumbbells so you can adjust from 10lbs to 60lbs. You lift enough weight for long enough that your heart rate increases.
The Capitals goal scorer in the 2018 Stanley Cup championship admitted he watched some TV shows, but also tried something else.
“I took classes online,” Eller said. “Right now, I’m taking courses in real estate. »
Eller was asked if he was interested in selling houses after hockey.
” I do not know, maybe ? Eller said. “You want to call and hold as many cards as you can and be able to choose what you like to do. Sometimes you have to explore what it could be. It was just something to have time (to spend).
Previously, Eller had read Mark Messier’s new book No one wins alone while he was stuck in Anaheim.
“Quarantine is much worse than the disease itself, at least in my case,” Eller said then. “It’s not healthy to sit indoors for a long time, ten days. I think it’s very unhealthy for everyone, so it wasn’t fun.
Finally free to roam again, Eller planned to get out and hang out with his bandmates in Buffalo on Thursday night.
“I think we’re going to go out and have a nice dinner with some of the guys,” Eller said. “We are trying to do it more now. For the past three years we have always had meals at the hotel either together or taken and eaten alone in our rooms. So we can’t wait to socialize a little more and get out there.
S/T at NBC Sports Washington.
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