It was a positive sign as Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford took to the ice for an extended period of time, joining his teammates for the start of practice on Saturday at MB Ice Arena.
The goaltender is still recovering from the concussion he suffered on Dec. 16, but on Saturday he faced some shots and skated for about 20 minutes of practice before exiting.
"It's definitely positive," said Head Coach Jeremy Colliton. "It doesn't tell us anything about a timeline or anything like that but he's closer now than he was before."
It's hard for supporters of the team not to get excited when they see their number one goalie on the mend, but Colliton cautions not to read much into today's events.
"Obviously, it's a process here," said the coach. "He's not going to get too high or too low and neither are we. But I'm happy for him that he felt good enough to be on the ice and we'll see what happens."
Colliton confirms there are still "a bunch of hurdles" Crawford has to get past before making a return.
"Just how he feels after today is probably a hurdle but that's the nature of this injury. It's up and down sometimes. You can't explain things. But hopefully, he keeps getting better."