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Drouin practices with Team Canada ahead of World Juniors

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12/16/2013 4:05:39 PM
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Jonathan Drouin returned to the ice for the first time since sustaining a concussion in early December, practicing with the Canadian junior team in Copenhagen Monday.

"It's exciting," Drouin said. "It's boring to be out. You really can't do much with a concussion. I'm excited to be back on the ice with the guys. Hockey Canada told me from the beginning, 'We're not going to push you right away. We want you to be healthy,' and I feel healthy now and I think it was the right thing to do." 

Drouin, selected third-overall in the 2013 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning, suffered a concussion on December 6 when he was hit from behind into the boards by Quebec Remparts winger Adam Erne.

It's the first step towards playing in the World Juniors with Canada opening tournament play against Germany on Boxing Day.

"We got to make sure [even] now that he's OK," said head coach Brent Sutter, "see how he responds tomorrow and if he responds the right way then we got to think he's on his way."

Defenceman Josh Morrissey also took part in practice for the first time since the Canadian camp opened. He had been bothered by a nagging injury. 

With files from Mark Masters

Jonathan Drouin  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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