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Canucks’ Brashear Back at Practice

March 28, 2000

BURNABY, British Columbia (AP) _ Donald Brashear practiced Monday for the first time since Boston defenseman Marty McSorley’s stick attack left the Vancouver forward with a concussion.

``It was good to get out there, skate again with the guys,″ Brashear said after skating for about an hour.

Brashear, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound left winger, hasn’t played since McSorley hit him over the head in the closing seconds of a Feb. 21 game.

Canucks coach Marc Crawford said Brashear will join the team for a three-game road trip that opens Wednesday in Detroit and could play as early as next week.

``If it was up to me, I would play the next game, but you have to give it some time,″ Brashear said. ``I haven’t practiced with any hits or anything. I still have to work that out.″

The NHL suspended McSorley for the rest of the regular season and playoffs. He also faces criminal charges for assault.

Brashear thinks the punishment wasn’t enough.

``He could be paying a lot more, I think,″ Brashear said. ``When they (the suspensions) really get severe, guys usually learn their lessons. It can cost you a lot of money to get suspended.″

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