TAMPA, Fla. — It’s been just over a month since the NHL hit the pause button on the season. On Tuesday, the league extended its self-quarantine recommendation until April 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Braydon Coburn has been keeping busy at home with his two kids, ages 8 and 6. He takes them to the pool, on daily bike rides and he’s finding out he has much more respect for the patience of school teachers.
“As far as new talents,” Coburn said, during a video chat Wednesday. “I found out I'm a really crappy teacher. It’s been tough online schooling, but the kids have been pretty good about it.”
The hard-hitting 35-year-old veteran has also refined his Photoshop skills during the quarantine.
“There’s a picture I made, basically it’s a team picture. I took some time and photoshopped every guys head on it. It was maybe a little inapprorpriate,” Coburn said. “If you want to be proud of something, that I am most proud of. I don’t know if I should be.”
To stay in hockey shape, he does stick handling drills in the garage and straps on the roller blades.
“It’s OK to keep strength in legs,” Coburn said. “The biggest thing is putting the skate boot on and having my feet in the skates. It’s that feeling of tying up my skates. I don’t know, but it’s therapeutic. My kids roller blade as well. It’s kind of fun, in Tampa where the weather is so great.”