ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) Matthew Highmore played in just 12 games last season before crashing into the boards and injuring his shoulder, but after surgery and months of rehab, the 23-year-old is ready to get back into his routine.
Highmore was Rockford's rookie of the year two seasons ago when he scored 24 goals and 19 assists, but he has not played in a regular season game since last October.
Along with Tyler Sikura and Jacob Nilsson, Highmore was selected by head coach Derek King as an alternate captain on Wednesday.
The Halifax native spent the summer in his hometown with NHL players like Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall, and Brad Marchand and he says he learned a lot including how to take care of his body.
"They come to the rink, they put in their work and look after their bodies," said Highmore. "It's just a routine and for me, it's just taking little things, bouncing things off them and it was also a big summer for me so to get out there and play at that pace was exciting. I don't know why I use the word fun, but it's just been fun to grind back and feel better about my game and my health. It's been a long year, but I'm certainly excited for Friday and to get back into the routine of playing games."