Vancouver forward Mason Raymond
practiced on Tuesday, the first time he's been able to do so since suffering a broken vertebra in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.
The Vancouver Sun reported that Raymond skated with the main group in El Segundo, Calif., and received a warm cheer upon leading the team in stretches.
"It's good to be here," Raymond told the paper. "It's been a long time. It's the first time on the ice since the incident. To get out there with everybody else, see a few smiles … it felt good. It has been a lot of hard work. June 13: that date sticks in my head. Tons of rehab, doing things twice a day, doing everything I could to get myself better. You work for moments like this. Today is another stepping stone."
Raymond took part in some contact drills during the hour-long workout but said there's no time frame for his return. He was injured on a hit from Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk
, spent six weeks in a back brace and has gone through months of discomfort.