Winger Marco Sturm was part of the Boston Bruins’ contingent on the ice for the annual season-ticket holders’ practice at the TD Banknorth Garden.
The veteran, who has missed 12 games with symptoms stemming from whiplash, went through all the drills — including some taxing battle drills — at full speed and he’s hopeful he can continue to feel healthy enough to actually get in a game sometime soon.
“I pushed it today. So we’ll see how it feels today and tomorrow,” he said after the practice.
The good news is doctors have assured Sturm that practicing will not worsen his injury. But the uncertainty might eat Sturm alive before he rejoins the line-up.
“If you have another injury, you kind of know how long you’re going to be out for,” he admitted. “But at this point, you just don’t know. You’ve got to have a lot of patience. It’s frustrating.”
•While Sturm continued on the road to a return, a few Bruins did not practice today for assorted reasons. Aaron Ward (leg) and Petteri Nokelainen (upper-body) were both off the ice. Nokelainen, according to head coach Claude Julien, is out at least a week or two.
Patrice Bergeron, who didn’t play last night against Atlanta, was again out with the flu. Shane Hnidy was off for a maintenance day, while Chuck Kobasew missed practice because of personal reasons.
•With fans on hand to watch the team practice, assistant coach Geoff Ward wore a wireless microphone and described the drills to the masses.
•Before practice, Marc Savard and Milan Lucic briefly addressed the hearty crowd. At the conclusion of the remarks, Savard tried to coax “quiet as a mouse” Phil Kessel to say something, but the star winger declined.