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Fowler Returns to Practice, Plus Memories of Kariya, Selanne

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara /

Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler took another step in his recovery from a knee injury today after taking part in a full practice at Honda Center.

Out of the lineup since October 20 when he fell awkwardly along the boards in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Fowler's recovery timeline at the time was approximately six weeks. This marks week four since the injury, and the 25-year-old blueliner did not appear to be holding anything back today. After skating on his own this week, Fowler saw time on the penalty kill today alongside Josh Manson.

Fowler was all smiles as he came off the ice this morning and admitted it's nice to get back into the swing of things. "You spend a decent amount of time by yourself when you're injured, so to get back with the team and back into the routine is always a good feeling," he said. "We'll talk as a group and with the medical staff to see what the next step is."

Still without Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Patrick Eaves, Ondrej Kase, Ryan Miller and Jared Boll, having Fowler on the ice was a positive sign for a team that continues to keep pace in the Pacific Division with an 8-7-3 record (19 points) in light of all the injuries since the season started.

"It's a positive sign," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle said, on having Fowler practicing. "Hopefully he can get up to speed with our hockey club in the next couple days and be available shortly."

Kase (upper body) and Miller (lower body) skated on their own prior to the start of practice, the first step in making a return to the lineup. Hampus Lindholm (lower body) took part in the full practice and could be an option tomorrow night against the Florida Panthers.

Video: Cam Fowler on his return to practices with the team

Honoring Two Legends
Tomorrow the Ducks will honor Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne for their induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame with a special pregame ceremony that will take place at 4:45 p.m. Following practice today, several Ducks shared their memories of the Dynamic Duo.

Andrew Cogliano, on Selanne's impact
"He's one of the best players of all time and one of the better guys that's probably ever played the game in terms of how he treated people and how he was as a teammate. He deserves all the credit he gets. Everyone loves Teemu. That's the bottom line. He was a phenomenal player. Him being inducted into the Hall of Fame was quite expected."

Cogliano, on the importance of Kariya and Selanne to the franchise
"Those two guys are people that really put this organization on the map. When you think about the Ducks, especially in the early days, Paul Kariya and Teemu come to mind. As a kid growing up, Paul Kariya was someone you loved to watch and someone you really one day wanted to meet. Hopefully we get to see him around the room. Those are two guys that are pretty special in the organization and they deserve a special night."

Francois Beauchemin, on Kariya's impact
"I watched the ceremony on Monday and it was great to see those guys going in together with the history they had with the Mighty Ducks. I played with Teemu and I knew Paul from watching him play. I didn't know him personally, but everybody knows he's a great guy who had work ethic. The numbers he put up were amazing."

Beauchemin, on his fondest memories of Selanne
Everybody knows Teemu. He's the greatest guy to be around in the locker room. He's always happy and excited to come to the rink every day with a smile on his face. He never had a bad day. His accomplishments on the ice were amazing. Just having a chance to play with him for so long, I was fortunate to do that. There's always that one goal you remember from a guy, and from him it was the Detroit goal in overtime [2007 Western Conference Final, Game 5] with the water bottle going up on Dominik Hasek.

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