Patric Hornqvist’s return to Penguins’ practice boosts energy

Patric Hornqvist’s return to Penguins’ practice boosts energy
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - JANUARY 17: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on January 17, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Patric Hornqvist joined his teammates for a full practice at the UPMC Lemieux Complex on Wednesday for the first time in over four months.

Hornqvist was one of the nine players held out since the start of training camp out of an abundance of caution due to possible secondary exposure to someone with coronavirus.

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Hornqvist and the eight other players were cleared to rejoin the team on Tuesday, but with Tuesday being a scrimmage day, and Mike Sullivan wanting to give the players a day of skating before jumping into the scrimmage, the nine players skated on their own on the second rink at the Lemieux Complex.

Hornqvist had a smile on his face for much of Wednesday’s practice, and you could tell by his energy how excited he was just to be back on the ice with the team.

“It felt good to be back,” he said after practice. “It’s always fun to see the boys and skate with them. We have a great opportunity here in front of us. It’s going to be a hell of a ride. We have to make sure we go out there and earn it.”

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