Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Tyler Ennis was back practicing with his teammates on Thursday for the first time since November 7.
Ennis had tears repaired in his groin. He confirmed the surgery was both a groin and a sports hernia surgery.
Ennis said he had lost his speed and agility which led to the decision to have surgery. The winger said, “If I don’t have that, then I’m pretty useless out there, so I have to be able to use my agility and my speed and my quickness to create space because if I can’t do that, then I’d be in tough.” Ennis added, “I’m feeling good, I’ll get the quickness back, get back out there and we’ll get some wins together.”
Ennis wore a red non-contact jersey and Dan Bylsma said getting out there for an optional pregame skate is the best way to get him started with the team. Ennis loved being out there again with his boys, “It was good, it was fun to be out there, I mean everyone wants to be out on the ice and it sucks not being out there, so it was fun and its coming along quickly here.”
It seems like Ennis is pretty much past the pain after missing 22 games and counting. He said, “I’ve still got to get everything feeling 100 percent, so today was a good first step.”
Dennis Miller is the coach in charge of rehab and development. Ennis says the sessions with Miller are very important, “He’s great at what he does, he gets guys back into shape using hockey specific ways. We do a lot of drills that are specific to game like situations.”
Ennis wouldn’t put a timetable on his return, but once players leave Miller and get back to practice, it usually doesn’t take long to get them back in.
Brian Koziol will have the full interview with Ennis during tonight's first intermission.