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Okposo 'happy to be able to play again,' preparing for Sabres camp

Forward reportedly skates in Buffalo for first time since ending season in intensive care

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Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo on Tuesday skated in the city for the first time since he was hospitalized at the end of last season.

"It was obviously a tough situation, a tough road," Okposo told The Associated Press. "I'm just happy to be back and happy to be able to play again, and play at a high level."

He did not say if he would be ready for Sabres training camp, which begins Sept. 14.

The 29-year-old was scratched after he began feeling ill prior to a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. He was admitted to the hospital on April 2 to be treated for the effects of a concussion and spent about a week in intensive care.

He said doubts about whether his hockey career would continue were removed when he started to feel better in May.

"It was definitely a scary thing," Okposo said. "Your mind starts to question a lot of things."

Okposo said his issues began with what he called a routine hit during practice. He began feeling progressively worse during a game against the Florida Panthers on March 27, which was his last of the season.

He played this July in Da Beauty League in Minnesota. Sabres general manager Jason Botterill said June 15 that it was likely Okposo would be on the ice for training camp.

The right wing had 45 points (19 goals, 26 assists) in 65 games in his first season with Buffalo after signing a seven-year, $42 million contract as a free agent ($6 million average annual value).

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