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VGK captain Stone (spleen) cleared for return to practice

Mark Stone Vegas Golden Knights Mark Stone - The Canadian Press

Mark Stone is gearing up for a return to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The team announced on Friday their captain has been cleared to practice with the team and will be on the ice in a non-contact jersey later on Friday.

Stone, 31, has been out of action since Feb. 20 when he incurred a lacerated spleen in a 5-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

A native of Winnipeg, Stone is in his sixth season with the Golden Knights after a deadline deal with the Ottawa Senators in 2019.

In 56 games this season, his 12th in the NHL, Stone has 16 goals and 37 assists.

The Brandon Wheat Kings product is in the fifth year of an eight-year, $76 million deal.

The Golden Knights host the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.