THE Chicago Blackhawks enjoyed this sight on Thursday: captain Jonathan Toews at practice.

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THE Chicago Blackhawks enjoyed this sight on Thursday: captain Jonathan Toews at practice.

It marked Toews' first on-ice appearance since suffering a concussion.

Jonathan Toews

Jonathan Toews

Toews hasn't been cleared for contact and skated on his own. He has missed the last eight games with the injury.

"He had a good skate today -- he felt good," head coach Joel Quenneville told CSN Chicago. "It's exciting for us to see him back out there and he's encouraged as well. It was a really good day.

"It's a big first step seeing him out there; we'll see how he's progressing."

Columbus forgets Carter

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are trying to help their fans forget about Jeff Carter.

With the forward set to make his return to Nationwide Arena on Thursday, the Blue Jackets announced they would change the nameplate on any Carter sweaters brought to the team store by the first intermission.

Fans could have "Carter" replaced by "Johnson" free of charge.

Defenceman Jack Johnson took Carter's No. 7 after being acquired in a trade for him from Los Angeles last month.

Carter's tenure with the Blue Jackets was forgettable.

The 27-year-old forward was unhappy when Columbus picked him up in a trade with Philadelphia in June and he battled injury issues while playing for the last-place Jackets before getting shipped out of town.

-- from the news services