On the first day of Training Camp, it was announced that Blackhawks veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook would miss approximately one week with an abdominal injury. On Sunday, the third day of camp, Seabrook was back on the ice. He came out early to test things and then participated in the afternoon practice with his teammates.
"I think that was the plan we set out on the first day and it really went well," Seabrook said. "It was something that started bugging me about three weeks ago, but it was getting better progressively. When it got tested by the doctor, he thought it was something else so it was panic there for a couple of hours and then we sort of went with it and did our thing and tried to calm it down as best we could. Today felt pretty good."
Video: Seabrook returns from injury
Seabrook is happy the injury won't keep him out for a prolonged time, especially after the hard work he put in this offseason.
"To be honest, when doc gave me the news I freaked out," he said. "Obviously, I put a lot of effort into the summer, trying to get my body where it needs to be to have a good season and have a good camp. I think that's where it's going to start for us here this season, is right now and during camp. I was pretty disappointed I wasn't able to partake in the first day and the first couple of days on the ice. It was nice to be out there today, that's for sure."
The Blackhawks are very hopeful that Seabrook's summer translates to a big year from the veteran blueliner.
"He had a good summer," said Head Coach Joel Quenneville. "I thought he did a real good job of training and pushing it to the next level. I think when we're looking at his fitness levels, and he wasn't able to test that day, but we know that he's way better than he's ever been. That commitment shows he's doing everything he can to enhance his game and enhance our team game."