Barons rookie defenseman Brandon Davidson, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer a month ago, returned to practice on Monday.
Davidson began undergoing treatment after cancer was detected in early November.
“It’s great to back on the ice,” Davidson said. “I waited a long time. When I was told last night I would be skating with the team I was really happy. It’s a tough one but it’s great to get back out there and be part of the team again.
“Things are going well for me right now. Basically things have been positive the whole way through. It’s not over yet but things are looking up. It’s nice to come out and skate today and get my mind away from stuff.”
Davidson made the Barons roster in his first professional season after serving as captain of the Western Hockey League Regina Pats last season.
“There’s a possibility (I could return) in two or three weeks if everything goes well,” Davidson said. “It’s optimistic now on which direction I’m going. We’ll wait and see… It’s been an eye opener on aspects of life and definitely changed me as a person. It’s made me a better person.”
Davidson, 21, was the Edmonton Oilers’ eighth pick in the 2010 draft, the 162nd overall pick. He’s quickly moved up the organization’s depth chart. In six games with the Barons he recorded one assist.
“It’s very inspiring,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “He’s a good person, a good kid. He always has a fantastic attitude. He’s going through a situation that’s tough. We’re waiting to see what the next course of action to take is but it’s good to have him out there working with the guys.”
Forward Jordan Eberle, who has played in Edmonton the past two seasons, said teammates were excited to see Davidson at practice.
“I know for him he couldn’t wait to get back,” Eberle said. “I think it was just a matter of the scar. Other than that he was pretty healthy. Once you get on the ice it kind of takes your mind off things. You get to hang out with the boys and feel part of the team again.”