Tampa Bay Lightning star, and Team Canada star, Steven Stamkos took a big step toward being ready for the Sochi Olympics today. Recovering from breaking his leg 10 weeks ago, he practiced with his team this morning and took part in every drill.
“I thought (Thursday) was the best its felt. That’s a positive,” said Stamkos. “Every day I’ve gotten on the ice trying to get a little better each time. A lot of it is physical but a lot of it is mental as well, trying different things that you can trust the healing process is taking place."
Stamkos in red jersey, no bodychecking
The goal-scoring center, who continues wearing a red jersey in practice meaning he's not ready to be bodychecked, had a fall Thursday but said his leg responded well to the practice, and to the fall.
"I was kind of laughing," he said. "But it was kind of nice, mentally, to fall because it's the first time I've fallen in 10 weeks. So I had a good streak going. But just knowing everything was fine, I got right back up and didn’t feel any pain whatsoever. So, that was nice."
This morning was the first time that Stamkos, who has 14 goals and 9 assists in 17 games this season, was able to take part in all the drills since rejoining his teammates in morning skates last week. The team has 7 games left before the Olympic break and Stamkos is hoping to play in at least two of them.
He will have an x-ray now to see if the leg has indeed fully healed. “Hopefully all is good (with the X-ray) and we can keep progressing. I have never had an injury like this but I’d like to think that I’m ahead,” said Stamkos.
“I’m feeling good. I know I’m not 100% but it’s getting there.”