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Jack Eichel is grateful to have fun on the ice again

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jack Eichel is finally enjoying playing hockey again, and he couldn’t be more grateful.

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Just over a year after having an artificial disc replacement on his neck, he’s at the top of his game and loving his new home with the Vegas Golden Knights.

“It’s been so much fun coming to the rink every day and being with these guys,” said Eichel, who has 26 points in 21 games this season. “You rarely get a set that’s bought all together and I feel like that’s the case for us.”

Eichel is on his way to finishing with 101 points after scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-1 home win Wednesday night over Ottawa. His career high is 82 points in 2018-19 with Buffalo.

His divorce from the sword is well documented and left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth on both sides.

And when Eichel returned to Buffalo near the end of last season, he didn’t accept the unfriendly welcome he received from Sabers fans, who booed him every time he stepped on the ice.

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