The Rockford IceHogs have four games in a row in Texas and are about to get an offensive boost with the return of two forwards on the road trip.
Philip Danault and Garret Ross were both full participants in Monday's practice prior to the Hogs visiting the Lone Star State for two games against the Texas Stars, and two against the San Antonio Rampage. Danault has been out since August following surgery for a torn labrum, and Ross has been out for the past week recovering from an injury sustained after a hard collision during a Rockford home game.
"Very exciting. Been waiting for that moment for a long time. Barely slept last night but I'm excited," said Danault. He acknowledged that his hip issue bothered him for "maybe three-quarters of the year" last season.
"It'll be good to get back this week on this long road trip to Texas," said Ross. "Got a few skates in under my belt and my lower body is feeling a lot better."
"It's been a long haul for Danault after surgery. He's real close to playing a game, I don't know if it'll be the first game or second game but he'll play for sure on the trip," said head coach Ted Dent. "Ross is ready to go as well. Just a little tender. He has a bruise and has been off a week and hopefully will be ready to play Wednesday as well."
The IceHogs face Texas on Wednesday, followed by two in San Antonio on Friday and Sunday, then the road trip finale at Texas again next Tuesday. Rockford's next home game is Friday, December 11 against the Iowa Wild.