Players around the league have been finding ways to stay active during the pause in the 2019-20 season, but Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has taken it to another level.
On a video conference call earlier today with Logan Couture (San Jose), Marc-Andre Fleury (Vegas) and Anze Kopitar (LA), Getzlaf showcased his latest home project - a chicken coop. Yes, the 34-year-old father of four has taken it upon himself to build one from scratch in his backyard.
"[My wife Paige] the other day wanted eggs," he says to the group. "We had no eggs, so we borrowed eggs from a neighbor who had chickens. All of a sudden we were having them. She just ordered six of them."
With no place to house the incoming brood, Getzlaf grabbed some lumber and tools, and has spent the past three days putting the coop together. He promised the group he'd show them his handywork, so before the call ended, he delivered.
"Can you see it?" Getzlaf asks with a smile, as any proud do-it-yourself craftsman would do.
"That's a coop-and-a-half," says Kopitar.
"Is this the neighbor's coop?" Fleury says with a laugh. "Good job, man."
Couture's expression in the photo at the top of the story says it all.
Aside from his project, Getzlaf says he and his kids have been busy hitting baseballs in the yard and enjoying the sunshine whenever they can. He also found time this week to knock out some yardwork with a leaf blower and hung a few photos inside his house.
Before signing off, Getzlaf took a moment to acknowledge the fans for their dedication and patience. "We're all in the same boat with our fans," he said. "Just wanted to reach out and say thanks for sticking by us. Hope to see you guys soon. Hope you're taking care of your families and everybody is okay, and let you know we're thinking about you, as well."
He also gave a shout out to the medical professionals at UCI Health for everything they've been doing. "I wanted to do a quick shoutout to our medical team at UCI that's been working tirelessly and doing such a great job. All the staff around this working the hospitals really putting themselves in danger. When some of us are hunkered down at home, they're helping take care of people and change the world."
Video: Getzlaf on Player Video Call