Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, was on the ice with his teammates Friday for the start of training camp in Cedar Park, Texas.
"Coming off surgery it felt a little different," Benn told the Stars website. "I was wondering how it was going to go out there but I'm pretty happy with how it went. I felt pretty good and I'm just trying to build here each and every day."
Benn, had surgery in late April on one hip and in May on the other. He has been rehabbing all summer.
"I felt pretty good," Benn said. "I put in a lot of hard work this summer just working with the trainers and in the gym just trying to get back into practice shape, game shape, and I thought Day 1 went pretty well."
The 26-year-old forward hopes to be in the lineup Oct. 8 when Dallas begins its season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Benn won the Art Ross Trophy last season by leading the NHL with 87 points (35 goals, 52 assists), a feat which he doesn't think he can repeat this season.
"I probably don't see myself winning it again,’ he said. “I'm not really focused on doing that. A personal goal for me would be to help this team get into the playoffs."