WILMINGTON, Mass. — A man of very few words, Boston Bruins winger Phil Kessel didn’t need more than one to describe how he felt during his down time after he was diagnosed with mononucleosis a few weeks ago.
But things have picked up in Kessel’s life since he started working out last week. And today his life really got exciting with a return to full practice with his teammates at Ristuccia Arena.
“I feel good,” Kessel said after the Bruins’ hour-long on-ice session and then some individual puck-handling drills under the watchful eye of assistant coach Geoff Ward. “It’s nice to get back at it.”
Kessel said he actually felt like he had mono for weeks before the official diagnosis. But that’s all water under the bridge. The good news is that his days of watching television and doing nothing should be over. Today he skated on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Milan Lucic. And head coach Claude Julien said that assuming all goes well during tomorrow’s morning skate, Kessel will be back in the line-up against the New Jersey Devils.