by Lisa Brown on 02/14/12 at 12:00 PM ET
For yet another season, the Edmonton Oilers have seen some terrifying injuries and accidents. The most recent was Taylor Hall’s warmup skate cut to the face, but shockingly that may not have been the most horrific injury. The most horrific injury suffered this year, when you consider the end results, had to have been Taylor Fedun’s broken femur suffered during a race to the puck in a pre-season game against the Minnesota Wild. Taylor Hall’s injury elicited calls for mandatory helmets on the ice during warmups and Taylor Fedun’s injury once again was cause for the league to look at a no touch icing rule.
Fedun, a local boy to Edmonton, signed a 2 year deal with the Oilers last March just before finishing his Aerospace Engineering degree at Princeton. Then, Fedun joined the Oilers in the pre-season impressing the team enough to stick around with the team long enough to play exhibitions games with the team rather than punch his ticket to Oklahoma City where he likely would have began his season.
Instead, Fedun had to stay in Minnesota to have surgery and many wondered when he would be able to walk, let alone skate again.
Yesterday, Fedun warmed the hearts of all when he was seen skating during an Oilers’ practice at Millenium Place in Sherwood Park. Gene Principe writes:
I did do a double take—a second look to make sure what I saw the first time was for real, and it was. Taylor Fedun on the ice, in skates gliding around the rink at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park. A sight to behold of a young man we last saw crumpled up in pain at the south end of the rink near the boards at the Xcel Energy Center. A right leg mangled, bent and broken for no reason other then a terrible decision to save an icing call in a pre-season game on September 30th between Edmonton and Minnesota. The decision made by Eric Nystrom. The life and career altering result on an innocent victim named Taylor Fedun.
Principe goes on to describe Fedun’s current condition:
A titanium rod from his hip down through his leg which is held in place with screws tells you how bad this was for the 23-year-old. Since that frightful night I had seen Taylor quite often at Rexall Place. Sometimes once a week or every couple of weeks. Everytime I saw him there was progress. He went from a wheelchair, to crutches, to one crutch, to a cane to one day showing me he could stand with nothing but himself for support. ‘Look ma, no hands!’ Fedun would always pass on how much support he was getting from his brother and his parents, Jacqui and Dwayne. They were his lifeline what he couldn’t do for himself they did for him. They should celebrate his return to the rink and the ice.
Fedun still faces a long road to complete recovery, but as Principe writes, Fedun being on skates Monday seemed nothing short of a miracle. Everyone is hoping for a happy ending to this story, and one where Fedun plays on the Oilers’ blueline would be the happiest.
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