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Marc-Andre Bourdon has missed over a year because of concussion-like symptoms. (USA Today Images)
As expected, the Flyers on Monday activated Marc-Andre Bourdon from the injured/non-roster list and loaned him to the Adirondack Phantoms.
Bourdon, who was recovering from post-concussion symptoms for over a year, skated with the team on Sunday and was optimistic about his future after the practice session.
The 24-year-old said he is in the best shape of his career, which he is anxious to resume.
“I’m cleared to play,” Bourdon said after practice Sunday (see story). “I came here to see the doctors from the Flyers just as procedure. I’ll go wherever the organization sends me and I’m ready to play hard.”
Bourdon hasn't played since he suffered a concussion against Binghamton on Nov. 30, 2012, when he was with the Phantoms.
The 6-foot, 225-pound defenseman spent the past two months at the University of Michigan to receive treatment from concussion specialists.
“There were six people following me all the time,” Bourdon said. “There was a guy I worked out with, two therapists, a guy for my neck, spine and pelvis, the main doctor and a massage girl. They did tremendous work. I was wondering when it was going to happen. I’m thankful to every doctor and the Flyers’ organization that did everything in their power to get me back.”
Bourdon was expected to compete for a roster spot on the Flyers' blue line last season when the NHL lockout ended, but his symptoms kept him off the ice.
He appeared in 45 games with the Flyers in 2011-12 and impressed the team with his physical play.
However, Bourdon suffered his first concussion that same season while with the Flyers and did not alert the team of his injury because he was afraid of losing his spot on the roster.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called Bourdon's battle back to the professional level a "feel-good story" on Sunday, and said a lot of people are "rooting for him."
Bourdon is on a one-way contract, but he doesn't have to clear waivers because of the special circumstances surrounding his recovery.
The Flyers were able to use those special circumstances because they placed the defenseman on waivers back in September and he went unclaimed.