The Tampa Bay Lightning, and fans of the hockey club, got one of the biggest morale boosters that anyone could possibly ask for today. For the first time since being injured on November 11, 2013 at the TD Garden against the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos skated in his first full practice with the team.
Now, before anyone falls out of their chairs with excitement, we still have a little while longer to wait until Stamkos is ready to take the ice in any official capacity. However, there is no doubt that this is an incredible step forward.
Stamkos was still donning a red no-contact jersey; however, anyone who had the privilege of watch him on the ice today knows that he is making tremendous strides towards getting back out on the ice.
When asked about how he felt back on the ice, he spoke of a little hesitation, but still an improvement.
“There’s still pain and hesitation in certain movements, cross overs and turns, anything that’s going to put a little more torque on that leg,” Stamkos said. “But it’s improved even from what I’ve done one and a half to two weeks ago. You just don’t want to push it too much that you have a setback.”
In case you missed it, here is a video from the Tampa Bay Lightning that shows Stamkos out on the ice and some words from the center himself on his recovery.
What do you think of the strides that Stamkos has made preparing to return to the ice in Tampa Bay? Do you think he will play as good as new when he takes the ice for the first time? Let us know what you think.