A ‘thankful’ Cam Fowler glad that his return to Ducks is in sight – Orange County Register

ANAHEIM – Cam Fowler wanted to see the video. How it happened. Why it happened.

Fowler didn’t want his mother, Bridget, to see it. Told her not to. How his right leg buckled at the knee, turning in a direction it isn’t supposed to go. How he went down in immediate, intense pain and how he had to be helped off the ice with no weight put on the leg.

As he stood at his locker room at Honda Center after his first practice with the Ducks since that moment, Fowler doesn’t hesitate to say how lucky he is to consider returning to action four of five weeks later rather than four or five months.

“It was a scary thing,” Fowler said Saturday. “When you’re on the ice, you don’t know exactly what’s going on. You just know that something’s wrong. Once I got back in and the emotions kind of settled down a little bit, you’re able to take a step back and realize that things could have obviously been a lot worse.

“So I’m thankful for that and thankful for all the work that everyone around here has done for me to help me get back to a point to where I’m close to playing now.”

The initial view of his injury makes Fowler’s potential return next week seemingly inconceivable. In the first period of the Oct. 20 game against Montreal, Fowler had the puck at the half board in the offensive zone and tried to shield it away from Canadiens center Phillip Danault.

As he turned to his right to get away into open space, Danault’s stick got caught in his left skate guard. Unable to move his left leg in a natural motion as he spun away with his right, Fowler was in danger and the Honda Center crowd was soon hushed with concern.

It hurt. Not just the obvious physical pain but the inner agony. Another knee injury added to the ones he has had. And this one came after his career took a new promising turn with last season’s first All-Star game appearance.

“I was frustrated,” Fowler said. “Very frustrated. As athletes, we work so hard to prepare for the regular season and get your body ready. When something like that happens – especially something that you have no control over – it’s frustrating.

“I try to focus on the positives as much as I could. I could have done a lot more damage and things could have been worse. Tried to have a positive attitude. We all deal with injuries. It’s part of the game and I’m certainly no different than anybody else.”

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