Fedoruk unsure if he can play again this season

Updated: March 22, 2007, 2:27 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia's Todd Fedoruk isn't sure he can play again this season after taking a knockout punch to the face from New York's Colton Orr.

Fedoruk returned to Philadelphia on Thursday after he stayed overnight for observation in a New York hospital. Fedoruk was removed from the ice on a stretcher Wednesday night just 21 seconds into the 5-0 loss to the Rangers.

"I feel good," he said. "I got a good rest last night. Everything came back, everything was positive, all the tests and stuff like that. I feel good today and I am glad to be back in Philly."

Fedoruk missed 18 games earlier this season after he had major facial surgery following an Oct. 27 fight with Minnesota's Derek Boogaard. He doesn't know if he can play again this year.

"I really don't know yet," he said. "I still have to do some tests."

Fedoruk took on Orr inside the circle to the left of Flyers goalie Antero Niittymaki and exchanged blows with New York's leading fighter. Orr landed a hard overhand right to Fedoruk's left cheek that sent the Philadelphia player down and out on his back.

Officials immediately summoned the Flyers' medical personnel to the ice, and a stretcher was brought out moments later. Fedoruk appeared to blink and talk, and he made an OK gesture with his fingers as he was strapped to a backboard.

Fedoruk was traded from Anaheim to Philadelphia on Nov. 13. He had been wearing a face shield until February.

Fedoruk said injuries suffered in the fight with Boogaard made him more tentative.

"It is just a matter of time until I get back to my style," he said. "I am not really worried about it, but being tentative, you have to put yourself out there and when you change your style a little bit you leave yourself vulnerable and that's what happened to me last night. I am not worried about it. I will get back on track. I have had worse things done to me than this."


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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