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Roy's 'turn' to forget

DEREK VAN DIEST

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

Mathieu Roy remembers trying to turn away from a hit.

After that, it's pretty much a blank.

Yesterday the Edmonton Oilers defenceman took part in his first full practice since being taken off on a stretcher in the team's final exhibition game last Saturday.

Roy was drilled into the end boards by Vancouver Canucks forward Rick Rypien and loss consciousness.

When he woke up a few seconds later, Roy couldn't move his neck which prompted the headboard and stretcher to be brought out.

"When I woke up after the hit I couldn't move my head so I was kind of scared," Roy said.

"I didn't know what was going on, so they put the neck collar on me right away.

"Later on I found out I was okay so it was a big relief for me."

According to Roy he was diagnosed with whiplash. He was taken to the hospital but released later that night. He started the season on the injured reserve list and has yet to be activated.

"I'm still a little stiff from that, but I'm feeling really good," He said.

"Hopefully I'll be ready soon to get back in there."

Roy was injured trying to turn away from Rypien along the end boards.

However, the Canucks forward was coming in too fast and pasted the Oiler defenceman into the glass.

Rypien was a assessed a charging major on the play.

"I thought I had time to turn and beat him along the wall," Roy said. "But he was too close to me. I guess that was a bad read from me there."


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