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Langkow resumes light skating

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow is skating again.

However, it is still unclear whether thethe 33-year-old will be able to suit up for the start of the National Hockey League club's training camp, which, for veterans, is slated to begin September 17 in Calgary.

"He is cleared for light skating, no contact, no lifting," confirmed club assistant general manager Jay Feaster in an e-mail Friday to The Calgary Herald from Pennsylvania.

"We do not know what his status will be for camp as far as participation, but we are pleased he continues to report progress."

Langkow was cleared for light skating duty after a visit to the doctor late last week a little more than five months after he was struck by a slapshot off teammate Ian White's stick during a game March 21 at St. Paul against the Minnesota Wild.

The puck appeared to strike Langkow near the base of his neck. He was removed from a hushed building on a stretcher and taken to a St. Paul hospital.

It wasn't until some time later that the seriousness of the injury was revealed: a fractured vertebrae. The injury occurred in Game 72 of the season, just 13 games after Langkow had received the traditional silver stick for playing in 1,000 NHL games.

The Flames will open training camp Sept. 10 when rookies report for medicals.

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