Blackhawks defender Duncan Keith participated in practice on the first day of training camp Red Vs. White scrimmage on Friday.
Keith played in the World Cup of Hockey continue rehabilitation on his right knee. Two-time winner of the Norris Trophy had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in October, and although he played after that, he determined that he was not ready for the World Cup.
"Well, today was the first skate," he said. "I was a little skating here this month, just trying to get away, trying to take it one day at a time."
Keith did not say if he would be ready for the season Oct. 12 at home against the Blues.
"I do not want to look too far ahead, but I like the progression," he said. "Today it was good to get back into the swing of things, even though it was a short practice."
Although his knee continued defender said that he regrets that he can not play in the World Cup.
"It was disappointing, especially when we had a long offseason this year," he said.
Fellow Hawks defender Brent Seabrook said he is pleased that Keith to take the ice.
"Yeah, that guy is amazing," said Seabrook. "It seems that not missed a step. But it's Dunc for you."
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Kitchen, filling in for training camp as Joel Quenneville working as an assistant coach for Team Canada in the World Cup, looked optimistically Keith would be ready to go for the opener.
"I think it will be fine for it," said Kitchen. "That is why we will sort him along slowly. He should be there."
Keith was expelled for Saturday's scrimmage at the annual festival Blackhawks training camp 'at the United Center.