Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/12/13
Golf season is over. Thankfully for the Flyers the clubs are now packed away and Claude Giroux was back on the ice with his teammates on Thursday for the first official day of training camp. It also marked Giroux’s first full practice since tearing through four tendons in his right hand on Aug. 15 in Ottawa. Skating alongside linemate Jake Voracek among a group of 19 other players Giroux did not appear out of place. Giroux caught and dished passes on Thursday at a normal rate of speed. He has not been cleared to shoot yet. Instead Giroux simply passed the puck to goaltenders when entering the zone. “I wasn’t too sure what I would be able to do but I was feeling good” Giroux said. “I wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to touch the puck. I didn’t really have a gameplan.” Previously Giroux skated with teammates in informal “captains practices” last week in Voorhees N.J. but didn’t participate in puck-moving drills. Thursday was a step in the right direction. His goal is to test his surgically repaired hand in a preseason game or two before the regular season opens on Oct. 2. Giroux last played a competitive game in May at the World Championships in Sweden and Finland. “I don’t want to force it too much” Giroux said. “I think having a preseason game would be good. I haven’t played in a while. Even those flow drills that we were doing was good to try and get some of the game shape back. I hope I’ll be able to keep going with the process as the pace keeps going. It was fun to be back on the ice.”
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