Like the rest of us, Bruins forward Charlie Coyle is trying to find things to keep him occupied until sports can return from this coronavirus-induced hiatus.
On a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday, Coyle shared some of what he's been up to.
"I've been watching some shows. I've been watching 'Ozark' a little bit," Coyle said. "That's a really good one. The last week or so I've been on that. I've been looking for little games to play, so I've been on Amazon ordering stuff, like a mini-putt game, so I've been mini-putting in the living room."
Coyle has also started to take up cooking. He acknowledges that his girlfriend, Danielle, still does most of it, but claims he can make a "mean Caesar salad."
"We've been cooking a lot," Coyle said. "I've got my girlfriend, Danielle, helping me, and she probably does the bulk of it, but I pitch in every now and then. I can make a mean Caesar salad. We've been working well together. Cooking's a big one. Been doing a couple nights a week and I'm starting to get the hang of it. She's showing me the ropes, so maybe I'll turn a new leaf during the season and do more of it then."
Coyle also has a dog that's been keeping him busy, something that was made evident when said dog briefly interrupted the Zoom call to demand Coyle's attention.
As far as staying in shape, Coyle said he's been doing some roller-blading to simulate skating and also bought a Peloton bike that he says has paid off.
"It's different, not being able to get on the ice," Coyle said. "I'm just treating it as my summer training schedule, as if the season was over kind of. I'm working out 4-5 times a week and just doing a lot of body weight stuff. I've been able to get my hands on some weights and other equipment.
"I actually bought a Peloton bike. I needed some conditioning. I had some friends around town who were doing that, so that gave me the idea. It was supposed to come in two and a half weeks and it actually came two days later, thank god. I don't know how I pulled it off. So I've been doing that and keeping the conditioning up."
Coyle, like everyone else, has no idea when or if the season resume, but needless to say he hopes it eventually does, especially given how well the Bruins were playing. But all he can do is guess right now.
"We've never been through anything like this, so it's kind of bizarre," Coyle said. "It seems like everything is up in the air. You don't know what to expect. I know obviously we're going to try to finish this thing off, do everything in our power to do that. We'd love to, but what the format's going to look like and what we can accomplish, I don't know. I'm asking the same questions you are and wondering the same things. I hope that we can finish this thing off and do it the right way, do it the same format as it would've been as best as possible. I think that would be ideal, but I'm not sure what it's going to be like and what they're able to do.
"I just hope we get back to it, get past this thing and everyone is healthy. That's first and foremost, obviously. As far as the league goes, I want to finish this off and I know a lot of the other guys do as well. It would be different playing into the summertime, late summer, August, but that's where we're at. We'll just see what they respond with whenever they can I guess."