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Birth of Sheary's daughter perfect silver lining while hurt originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Missing time on the ice with an injury is never fun, but Conor Sheary’s absence during the Capitals' 4-2 loss to the Rangers on February 4 came with perhaps the best silver lining anyone can ask for.
On Saturday, he welcomed his daughter, Mila, to the world, adding his most important title to date to his resume: Girl Dad.
“My wife went into labor while the guys were on the road, so it was actually good that I was home,” Sheary said to reporters during a press conference on Wednesday.
It was a hectic couple of days for him, however, as he ramped up to make his return against the Flyers on Sunday. And a noon puck-drop didn’t do the 28-year-old winger any favors either.
“She was born on [Feb. 6] at four in the morning, so I didn’t get much sleep that night," Sheary said. "Then I went to the rink to get tested like everyone else. I was able to get on the ice for just ten, fifteen minutes to test my injury and make sure everything was good. Then I went back to the hospital and we spent our first night there."
“Unfortunately, it was a day game. I kind of wish there was a later game where I could have got a morning skate in maybe before, but I brought my wife and my daughter home that morning, then went right to the rink from there.”
Sheary skated for just over 10 minutes in the 7-4 loss to Philadelphia and will have to wait until Sunday to get back on the ice after Tuesday's rematch with the Flyers and two games against the Buffalo Sabres were postponed.
But there's another silver lining from the postponements: Sheary will get to spend a little more time at home with his wife and baby Mila.