Under normal circumstances, Nick Foligno and the Blue Jackets would have just finished up the regular season, and hopefully would be preparing for a fourth straight trip to the NHL playoffs. They were in playoff position when the coronavirus pandemic forced the NHL to halt the season indefinitely, so instead of playoff prep, Foligno finds himself at home with his wife Janelle and their three children.
"You try to find the good in any bad situation," Foligno said Monday morning when he joined the Joel Riley show on WTVN. "Right now I'm getting to spend time with my family...and it's been fun."
Our interview with Foligno was fun, touching on a wide variety of topics. In terms of hockey and the status of the season, Foligno said Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen sends out e-mails on a regular basis to inform the team of any updates. As far as working out, Foligno is staying in shape by using the gym at his house and he said the Blue Jacket players are staying connected through texting and group chats. He remains optimistic that we will see hockey again this season but in the meantime is enjoying his time being a dad, which included a failed attempt at being "Bill Nye the Science Guy." Good stuff with Nick here and if you're a Jacket fan, you'll enjoy it. You can listen to our conversation with Nick by going to Joel's podcast page by clicking here.