WINNIPEG, Manitoba | Karl Alzner got up from his seat in the visiting locker room and walked over to John Carlson’s bag. Alzner knew what he was looking for and picked it up.
The baseball glove, inscribed with the name of ex-teammate Eric Fehr, was far away from home. It was his and Carlson’s job to reunite it with its owner.
Fehr, a big baseball fan who played growing up, was traded from the Capitals to the Winnipeg Jets in July.
“After I got traded, I didn’t get to pack my bag or anything,” Fehr said this week. “So I guess they forgot to put my glove in the bag. Luckily those guys are going to bring it for me.”
That was the plan for Wednesday night: Dinner, and maybe a little catch among friends. Fehr still keeps in touch with those he was close to in Washington, and though a shoulder injury will keep him from facing them, getting to see them makes this a good week.
“Maybe he’ll want to throw a few when we get there,” Alzner said.
That was part of some players’ pregame rituals in past seasons. Alzner and Joel Ward continue it now.
Fehr would love to be able to throw a ball around – if his shoulder allows.
“I don’t know what the protocol is on that – if that’s allowed,” he said. “I can probably do some short throws, but I don’t know if I want to play any long catch.”
Update: Fehr said he went out to dinner with Alzner, Carlson, Jeff Schultz and Mathieu Perreault - and he got his glove back. Now he’s just got to find someone on the Jets to play catch with when he makes his season debut.