Attending line mate Milan Lucic’s charity Rock & Jock softball game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell last night, Horton revealed that he is symptom free and is ready to start training camp after being shut down for the remainder of the playoffs with a concussion due to a late hit in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals from Canucks defensemen Aaron Rome.
“I feel pretty good, I don’t have any headaches. I feel back to normal and I’m excited to start playing again” said Horton. “I think after such a long year that we had it’s nice to take time off, but it’s tough to get it back when you do take time off, I’ll definitely be ready. I’d be ready right now.”
The Bruins will start their title defense when they open up camp on September 16, their first preseason game comes five days later on the 21st.
Horton also let it be known that he felt okay after the hit in Game 3.
“I didn’t feel too bad; to go flying on the plane didn’t bother me. Obviously I was real excited that we won. I felt pretty good. Right after it happened I didn’t feel great, but I didn’t feel as bad as I thought I should have. Right now I feel great.”
When asked about being contacted by Rome after the hit, Horton wasn’t shy with his answer.
“Just through a text message I heard but I mean, if it was me, I wouldn’t be throwing a text message someone’s way, you know?” Horton said. “I’d have a little more respect to actually make a phone call.”
Horton who was inconsistent at times during the regular season, still managed to light the lamp 26 times, and add 27 assists. Horton elevated his game in the playoffs scoring two overtime game-winning-goals against the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round, and scored the only goal in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals.