Flu bug has been through team twice
You probably already know about the flu bugs that have hit hard this spring and past winter.
So do the St. John’s IceCaps.
“We have had the flu go through this team a number of times this year,” said IceCaps head coach Keith McCambridge. “Our trainers have done an excellent job managing it and doing things in terms of preventative action, especially considering how much time we spend in closed quarters, whether its airports or on planes.
“But despite all that, we’ve had 13 different players hit by the flu, and some of those guys were doubled up, suffering twice this season.”
When the IceCaps are on the road and a player is hit by the flu, he’ll be put in a hotel accommodations by himself to spare his regular roommate the chance of catching it.
“And the training staff is always working at educating players, reminding them of the basics, the things everybody should be doing, whether its in the dressing room or not, “said McCambridge. That’s keeping your hands clean or covering your mouth when coughing and letting someone know if you feel something coming on.
“But the way its gone this year, our guys don’t need much reminding now.”
By the way, you can count rookie centre Adam Lowry as among the players to be flu-struck twice this season, the latest episode keeping him out of the lineup for St. John’s last two regular-season games, Friday in Worcester and Saturday agains Portland.