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ROMANOV SAYS HE'S BEING GUARDED 24/7 TO ENSURE HE DOESN'T BREAK QUARANTINE

Montreal Canadiens defensive prospect Alexander Romanov is currently living in a hotel in Toronto serving his one week of quarantine before he can join the rest of his teammates in practice. While's he's more than happy to do it, he told a Russian media outlet that he's being closely guarded to make sure he doesn't leave his room.

"I can't go out into the street. A man sits in front of my room around the clock and makes sure that I comply with quarantine and do not go anywhere. You can't even walk around the floor," Romanov said.

"If I immediately went to Montreal, I would have to be forced to self-isolate from everyone for two weeks. In Toronto, they put me in a hotel. Excellent conditions, a magnificent view of the whole city from the window of the room, you can see the huge Lake Ontario, gorgeous weather - the sun is shining all the days."

The 20-year-old, who is not eligible to play in the NHL's Return to Play program but can take part in training camp and practice with the Habs, said, despite the view, he's itching to get out of his room.

"...being within four walls in Toronto in a hotel is incredibly difficult. Here I have no bike, no dumbbells, no sports equipment. And it is necessary to do something to put on weight as best you can. The representatives of Montreal sent me exercises that can be done in the room. Another girl advises to do more push-ups. You cannot sit idle. So you can lose the whole form. I count the days and hours when the quarantine period ends," Romanov explained.



Romanov mentioned in the interview that he's had the chance to speak with fellow Russian and former Montreal Canadien Alexander Radulov who gave him lots of great advice about playing in the NHL and life in North America. He also mentioned that his family really wants him to make it in Montreal and the NHL, but adds the Russian National Team is also very important to him and his family members.

Romanov was drafted in the 2nd round, 38th overall, by the Habs in 2018. Having him in North America now allows him to burn one year of his three-year entry level contract with the team. This was an important luring factor as Romanov had enough star power in the KHL that he would make more money there than he would on a maximum ELC in the NHL.

Source: VSE Pro Sport
TIM TUCKER
JULY 28, 2020  (7H57)
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