Toronto's Patrick Chan finds himself in sixth place after the men's short program at Skate Canada in Kitchener, Ont., on Friday. ((Gerard Chataigneau/FSC-Sportims))

Canadian men's figure skater Patrick Chan did not have the season debut he was probably hoping for as he sits sixth at the Skate Canada competition in Kitchener, Ont., on Friday.

It was the Toronto skater's first competition this season since tearing his calf muscle earlier this fall.

"I got it out there, got the first one over with," Chan said. "The first one's always tough. It would have definitely been weird if I had done a clean short the first time. It felt good to be back, for sure.

"It's really just getting used to being back in competition. I've been out for a couple months but it's interesting. It's good to be back, good to be with the guys again and I'll be ready the next time."

Chan scored 68.64 points, eliciting gasps from the crowd with a fall on his opening triple Axel, then doubled a planned triple toe loop, the second element in a planned triple-triple combination.

Jeremy Abbott of the U.S. won the short with 79.00, while Japan's Daisuke Takahashi was second with 76.30, and Kazakhstan's Denis Ten took third with 75.45.

The 18-year-old Chan insisted he wasn't feeling any ill effects from his injury, which forced him to pull out of last month's Cup of Russia.

"No, no no no, felt great," Chan said. "I wasn't even thinking about my legs or anything, just thinking about the elements one by one like a checkboard. If I had to think about my body at a competition while I'm competing then I wouldn't have competed. It wasn't even a thought."