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Eaves returns to drop puck on night of Ducks beard giveaway

After Guillain-Barre Syndrome diagnosis, forward has been sidelined since October

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Patrick Eaves drops the puck

WPG@ANA: Eaves, children drop puck at Honda Center

Ducks forward Patrick Eaves drops the puck with his children on Patrick Eaves Beard night as he recovers from Guillain-Barre Syndrome

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On the night the Anaheim Ducks gave away replicas of his famous beard, Patrick Eaves returned to Honda Center and dropped the ceremonial first puck.

A sight for sore eyes, Eaves told reporters he was pleased with the progress he has made while recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder in which the immune system attacks nerves in the body. He was diagnosed back in October.

Eaves was all smiles seeing his teammates and friends around Honda Center.

Instagram from @anaheimducks: Eaves returns to Honda Center

Eaves also joined Fox Sports for an interview where he said he was feeling much better after "a little scary there for a bit" when he was diagnosed.

Tweet from @FoxSportsWest: Great to see you @Patrick_Eaves! @AnaheimDucks @KentFrench @FOXSportsSD #NHL pic.twitter.com/jdmbU02P26

The veteran forward was also all smiles as he and his children, Norah, Della and Axel, joined him at center ice to drop the puck between Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler.

It just so happened to be Patrick Eaves Beard Night in Anaheim, where fans in attendance got the cool giveaway before the game.

Tweet from @Maraque01: All set for tonight's game @AnaheimDucks! #LetsGoDucks pic.twitter.com/KIQ0vG5Rkt

It was the perfect night for a visit the man who has a Chewbacca beard, according to his mom, as he got a hearty helping of handshakes on his way off the ice.

Tweet from @Patrick_Eaves: Thank you Ducks fans and Bohdi Leaf Coffee Traders for the wonderful evening. Huge win for the good guys! #BeardNight #FirstStepFoundation https://t.co/0H43Ybv0Rt

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