DENVER (AP) - For the first time in quite a while, Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Mueller's focus is on hockey instead of his head.
So antsy for the start of training camp Saturday, Mueller was one of the first to arrive at the rink, eager to resume his career after missing an entire season with a concussion.
After a team scrimmage in which he dished out and took some good hits, Mueller proclaimed himself fully fit.
This season he'll wear a specially designed helmet that has extra padding and a tinted visor to shield his eyes from the glare of arena lights. He also will don thicker shoulder pads.
Mueller's hopeful he can return to the type of player he was before the concussion: "I want to be. I think I can get back to that level."