The next step to Connor McDavid's road to recovery happened on New Year's Day. McDavid skated with the team for the first time since breaking his collarbone on November 3, nearly two months to the day.
“It’s good to feel normal again and be out there with them. Today was a little bit of a lighter practice, they were getting ready for tomorrow’s game but it was still a lot of fun to be out there,” McDavid began, while speaking to a relatively large contingent of media considering the holiday.
“It feels really good. There hasn’t been any pain with it since surgery. Obviously, a few days after but it’s felt pretty good for a long time. Just gotta wait for it to heal.”
McDavid talked about the difference in recovery this time around from last year when he broke his hand in a fight in November.
“It’s a little bit different. It’s not like last year with my hand. It’s in a cast and you know it’s broken. But when it feels so good you ask ‘can I do this, can I do that’ but doctors know what’s best. We do x-rays pretty frequently so you know what’s going on in there pretty good,” he said. “It’s their job to worry about that.”
The rookie centre was asked about how he's been able to stay in shape these past couple of months.
“The good thing about this injury is it was an upper-body injury and you can still keep your legs feeling good. I think I was on the bike four days after so that’s no excuse to come back out of shape or anything like that. I feel really good with my legs and all that.
“There’s still a process I have to go through. Today was the first step, being out with the guys. We’ll just kind of go from here, taking contact and doing all that. We’ll see how fast that moves along. Today it felt good to be back out there with them.”