Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s offseason isn’t going exactly as planned.
While home in his native Sweden, the Coyotes captain was bitten on the hand by a family dog and needed stitches, according to Swedish news outlet Kvälls Posten. He went to the hospital, where he received a tetanus shot and antibiotics, as well.
The incident happened in May shortly after the end of the World Championship.
Per the Swedish publication, Ekman-Larsson put the German Shepherd down after he was bitten and was quoted saying similar incidents had happened with the dog in the past and he had to be put down.
Ekman-Larsson took to Twitter to confirm the story, adding that he needed four stitches and he is healing.
Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m fine. This happened earlier in the summer, and sadly we had to put our dog down. I got four stitches that are healing up nicely. Thanks @sportexpressen for giving me something to do today. https://t.co/JQY5HxJGb0
— Oliver Ekman-Larsson (@OEL23) July 31, 2019
Ekman-Larsson said because he has family friends who have small children and younger cousins, he would never forgive himself if the German Shepherd bit one of them.
Last summer, he signed an eight-year extension with Arizona that earns him an average of $8.25 million per year.
He scored 14 goals with 30 assists in 81 games last season. The upcoming 2019-20 season will mark Ekman-Larsson’s 10th year with the Coyotes organization.