Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/5/11

Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler went through his first practice Wednesday since undergoing offseason hip surgery.

Kesler told the Vancouver Sun he still is unsure when he will be able to return to the lineup, but was pleased with Wednesday's practice.

"It's another step in the right direction," he said. "I felt good out there."

Kesler underwent surgery to repair a torn hip labrum at the beginning of August. His recovery time was estimated at three months.

Signed to a six-year extension worth $30 million in 2010, Kesler collected a career-high 42 goals, 32 assists and 66 penalty minutes last season.

However, he suffered a groin tear and struggled during the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, recording just one assist in seven games for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Canucks.

Kesler's return to the ice coincided with the release of the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine's Body issue, in which more than his hip was on display.

He was featured in a nude pose, as were a number of high-profile athletes in other sports.

Kesler said he was happy with how the photo turned out and termed his teammates' reaction to it as "jealousy."

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