Roy still on bucket list

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

All along, Andre Roy has been against players removing their helmets to fight.

Now, the Calgary Flames forward is a case to defend his point.

Roy's helmet came off as he fell to the ice during his fight last week with Vancouver's Darcy Hordichuk, and has been out of the lineup since with a concussion.

"I think helmets should be on all the time. If I would have had my helmet on, I'd be fine," said the Flames policeman.

"It's something you need for protection. If you go backwards or sideways, at least your head is protected. You're still able to throw a punch in the face of a guy. I think helmets should always be on."

Roy hit his forehead on the ice, but that's not why he originally went to the dressing room.

"The referee said, 'Andre, you're cut' and once I got in the room, I was dazed. I didn't really notice I hit my head," he said. "I was a little dazed, but I didn't want to come out of the game and felt I could still play. The next day I was a little drowsy and they didn't want to take a chance.

"I saw the replay and you could see I went down hard, hitting my head with his weight on top."

He's also sporting a black eye and stitches from the tilt.

Roy said he's not experiencing headaches, but had quite a few days of grogginess, "like if you're on medication that makes you drowsy."

Roy's helmet came off in several scraps this season, and it's a problem he plans to address before returning to action.

"It feels tight on my head, but must be too loose or something. Every time I take one or two punches, it comes off," he said.

"I'm trying to change helmets right now, something that will stay on my head better."

He plans to be more vocal about players keeping their helmets on in the future.

"You need it," he said. "We've seen a couple of times this year and with that incident (the death of senior hockey player Don Sanderson), I'm in favour of keeping helmets on."

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NOTABLES

Flames RW Jarome Iginla notched four points and now sits two back of Theoren Fleury for the all-time franchise points list ... Iginla scored just 45 seconds in the game, the quickest Calgary got on the scoreboard this season. The other two quickest times were both Iginla goals, Nov. 8 against the Blue Jackets (1:05) and Oct. 21 against the Washington Capitals (1:00) ... The Flames are 20-0-3 when leading after two periods ... The Blue Jackets are 2-19-2 when trailing after two periods. The Blue Jackets are 10-4-2 against the Northwest Division this season.

RANDY.SPORTAK@SUNMEDIA.CA


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