More weeks pass, the more scientists know more about the COVID-19. Nevertheless, a bundle of questions remain unanswered. Xavier Ouellet is well-positioned to understand the complexity of this virus.
Back on the ice with his teammates since Wednesday, Ouellet confirmed to have missed the first nine days of training camp due to a positive test result for coronavirus.
Yet he never felt the slightest symptom. In addition, the test that he had spent a few days before had proved to be negative ; as all those to whom he has had to undergo since.
“It is a bizarre situation, he said Thursday through a video conference. I was a little confused. I did not understand too much what was happening. Any way I was exposed. I wasn’t out of the house, except to come to skate at the training complex.
“In fact, I don’t even know if I have actually contracted the virus,” added the attacker, 26-year-old, whose wife and child had remained in Michigan.
However, a serological test, passed after the fact, revealed the presence of antibodies in his blood. This means that at one time or another, the defender of the Canadian has been infected by the COVID-19.
“Maybe it was in the month of march and that it was detected only now. Honestly, I don’t know too much about how it works, he mentioned. But even at this moment, I haven’t felt symptoms. “
Recalled at the beginning of February, Ouellet has played in 12 of the last 15 games of the Habs before the break. His situation in the team is precarious (he is in a fight for one of the last positions of the blue line), it would very likely be past of this mysterious episode.
“Yes, it was frustrating, he acknowledged. It was especially frustrating to have to follow all the protocols, so that the tests are negative and you feel well. But I understand that they are in place to protect the players. “
Isolated at home, the captain of the Rocket is ensured to keep you in shape by continuing to train. He had previously joined a dozen teammates on the 14th day of phase 2.
“I continued to train at home. I knew that on my return, there would be ten days before the first match. I have enough time to show management that I am ready. And I have shown in the end of the season “, he argued.
Also, Claude Julien has held about reassuring his place during his press conference daily.
“Xavier is a guy who has practised a lot. It is in good shape. It does not have the air of someone who has missed a part of the camp. This is a player experience, then one is at ease with him despite the situation, was described by the coach of the Canadian. There’s a good chance that we see it in our group. “
In this regard, the Canadian has until the end of the afternoon, Friday, to return to the NHL list of players and staff who will accompany the team to Toronto on Sunday.
Arguing that he still has final decisions to make, Julien confirmed that he was going to claim the right to bring a maximum of 31 players.
Therefore remains to see if Ouellet, whose only playoff game in the NHL dates back to the spring of 2014, will be able to sneak into the training starting.
♦ Brett Kulak, another player of the Canadian national suspected of having been declared positive, the COVID-19, returned to the regular group for the first time since the beginning of phase 3.