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By: Team Red Zone 8 months ago

This is a real feel good story. It has only been less than three weeks since Boston Bruins forward David Backes underwent major surgery to remove part of his colon due to diverticulitis. But in true warrior style, it didn’t take long for the veteran Bruins forward to return to the ice.

Much to the delight of the organization, Backes made an unexpected appearance during Boston’s optional practice Monday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, while he was there he skated with his teammates and shot pucks while wearing a red, non-contact sweater.

Backes said afterwards: “To be on the ice, moving around, nothing like sitting around and doing a whole lot of nothing for too long to make you feel like you’re never going to see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Adding: “(I’m) feeling good. I don’t know what everyone else’s expectations were, but the doc’s advice — if it doesn’t hurt, I can continue to progress and add more workload on and the circulation is good for healing. That’s my update for the day.”

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