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Max Domi rejoins Canadiens at practice after pondering playoff return

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi joined training camp on Monday, indicating he intends to participate in post-season play despite his health concerns as a Type 1 diabetic.

Playing during pandemic as Type 1 diabetic is 'something that raises some concern'

Canadiens forward Max Domi returned to the ice with his teammates Monday, an indication he plans to compete in the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic despite his health concerns as a Type 1 diabetic. (Twitter/@CanadiensMTL)

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi joined training camp on Monday, indicating he intends to participate in post-season play despite his health concerns as a Type 1 diabetic.

"Look who's back," the team posted on Twitter, along with a short video clip of the 25-year-old taking the ice for practice.

Domi had been evaluating the risks of returning to play amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"Being a Type 1 diabetic, it's something that raises some concern. But you really don't know how everyone's going to be affected by this disease," he said in May, per ESPN. "Being a Type 1 doesn't change much. I would handle myself the same way as if I didn't have [diabetes]."

The Centers for Disease Control has said that Type 1 diabetics are among those who might be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Domi recorded 17 goals and 44 points in 71 games this season for the Canadiens, who will begin their best-of-five qualifying round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Aug. 1.

"It was really good to see [Domi] today," Montreal goaltender Carey Price said. "He brings a lot of enthusiasm to our locker room and on the ice.

"He's a vocal guy and he's got a unique laugh that everybody loves to hear."

Domi has 251 points in 375 NHL regular-season games with the Arizona Coyotes (2015-18) and Canadiens. The Coyotes made him the No. 12 overall draft pick in 2013.

With files from The Canadian Press

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