August 25, 2012
Oilers' Fedun happy to be done rehab
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - Taylor Fedun is delighted to be able to simply focus on hockey.
For most players, Perry Pearn’s three-on-three conditioning camp is a beginning.
But for Fedun, it marks the end of a long journey after breaking his leg with the Edmonton Oilers in an exhibition contest last year.
“It’s awesome, it’s a really nice place to be in after what I’ve been through in the last year,” said Fedun. “I think we’re coming up on 11 months, because it happened at the end of September.
“I had obviously spent last summer preparing for something a little different. But after the accident happened, everything was well taken care of, the staff and everything I did with the rehab went really, really well. I had very good people to work with.”
Just under a year ago, Fedun, 24, was having a great training camp with the Oilers. The Princeton University product, who had signed as an undrafted free agent, was turning a lot of heads with his performance.
But it all came to a crashing end when he tripped going back for an icing call in a game, on the road, against the Minnesota Wild.
Fedun fractured his femur on the play and had to spend a week in a Minnesota hospital.
Once back in Edmonton, the local product began the long road back to recovery.
“I was told right at the beginning from the doctors that I would be able to get back here,” Fedun said. “That was really important, to help stay positive the entire time. The last thing you need when you’re trying to battle back from something like that is to fall into some negative thoughts. It’s been a long 11 months, but I’m really excited to be back out there like I am right now.”
Helped by the Oilers medical staff, Fedun was able to get back on skates and gingerly get around the ice in February. He has a rod and four screws in his leg.
He’s now back to where he was a year ago, looking forward to the upcoming season. Fedun is expected to play with the Oilers AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City this year.
“I’m going to try and pick up right where I left off,” Fedun said. “Obviously it’s been a long time since that did happen. I’m right back to Square One, where I have to prove everything all over again. I’m hoping that I’m going to be able to do that again and I don’t see why not. I’m just going to put my best foot forward just like I did last time and go from there.”