Amanda Kessel is back on the ice.
The former Patty Kazmaier award winner did not skate for the Gophers last season due to lingering concerns about a previous concussion and she has not played for the team this season. She stayed on the University of Minnesota campus last semester though and is beginning to skate again.
"In regards to school, she had a great semester academically, and you may see her around the rink now as she is skating a little bit and testing the waters and progressing in her rehab," Minnesota head coach Brad Frost said on Tuesday.
Frost said on Tuesday it was too early to say whether Kessel could eventually return to the Gophers.
"At this point it's completely unknown," Frost said. "She's just doing some exertional rehab and testing the waters."
Kessel last skated for the Gophers during their undefeated 2012-13 season, scoring 101 points in 37 games. The forward skated for Team USA the following year in the 2014 Winter Olympics but did not return to the Gophers in 2014-15 due to injury concerns. She has 231 points in 114 games in her college career.