Iginla sorry

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

CALGARY -- There are players in the NHL who, if they got their stick into Sheldon Souray's skates and tripped him up as he was barrelling toward the end boards, would make you think twice about whether or not it was an accident.

With Jarome Iginla, as honourable and stand up a player as there is the NHL, you know it was.

Nevertheless, he feels terribly about a careless play that left Souray with a serious, lingering concussion, derailing the Oilers defenceman's season before it really even started.

Souray had to be helped off the ice and hasn't been on skates since. He only recently started riding an exercise bike and isn't expected back in the lineup for weeks.

"I feel bad that he's not back yet," the Flames captain said yesterday at their morning skate. "I wouldn't want to do that to anybody, but I know him, I've played against him since junior hockey. By no means did I mean that, I'd like to see him back and healthy."

Iginla says the play itself happens countless times a season, the second man into the corner wrapping up the first guy, only this time a stick got under a skate.

"It was an accident. You do that hit where you just guide him into the boards and rub him out and 99 times out of 100 (nothing happens), even more. I can't remember the last time it's happened like that.

"It's purely an accident, but I can understand them still talking about it because he's not back yet. I hope he gets back, soon."


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