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Brodie practices with Flames, could play against Penguins

Defenseman who has missed five games after medical episode says he feels good

by NHL.com @NHLdotcom

TJ Brodie practiced with the Calgary Flames on Sunday for the first time since a medical episode that occurred during practice Nov. 14.

The 29-year-old defenseman collapsed during a drill, started convulsing, was removed from the ice on a stretcher and was awake on the way to the hospital. He remained there for testing but was released later that day.

Brodie, who has missed the past five games, could return to the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET, ATTSN-PT, SNW, NHL.TV).

"He wants to play," coach Bill Peters said Sunday. "He's eager. If he gets full clearance he'll be in the lineup. ... It's exciting, he's an emotional boost, it's good to see him, get the group together again and he'll be a game-time decision tomorrow. We hope to get him into the lineup."

Brodie said, "I feel good. Obviously that was the first time out with other skaters since it happened. Just trying to get back into the speed of things. ... It's good to be back with the guys and to get back out there and get practicing. The support from that room is incredible and it definitely makes things a lot easier with a group like that behind you and having that support."

Brodie discussed the incident and what he remembers from it.

"It was definitely a weird feeling," he said. "I guess the best way to describe it is like a bad dream. You're sort of confused as to what happened and then are trying to process everything and then since then just trying to pinpoint what exactly caused it and rule out the major things and go from there."

The Flames (11-12-3) are 1-4-0 without Brodie, who has eight assists in 21 games this season.

"Put hockey aside, to see him doing well and okay and obviously now he's back out there, it's honestly a boost," Flames captain Mark Giordano said. "We're really happy to see it as players, teammates, and friends."

Forward Mikael Backlund said, "It's great to see him. We're all happy he's back with us. What happened was very shocking and frightening for all of us but especially for him so we're happy he's recovered fast and that he's doing well."

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