The last image Canucks fans have of Daniel Sedin – at least, during the snake-bitten twin’s 2014 season – is him being carried off Rogers Arena’s ice on a stretcher.
Sedin was hit into the boards by Calgary Flames forward Paul Byron, and on Monday told reporters he was “okay” a day after the injury.
“I was scared, because I felt something wasn’t right,” Sedin said. “I hit my head into the glass and fell down. I tried to lift my head, I couldn’t get it off the ice… went to the hospital, everything looked good so it feels okay today.”
After the hit, Sedin laid on the ice in obvious pain until Vancouver’s training staff got him on the stretcher and off the ice. His eyes never appeared to have closed and he was able to move his fingers, with staff saying later he was recovering at Vancouver General Hospital and was able to move his extremities.
Asked by the CBC’s Karin Larsen if he was laying there out of concern or because he actually couldn’t move, Sedin clarified:
“I tried to lift my head at first, and I couldn’t get it off the ice, so then the only thing I thought about was, ‘Lay still.’ I moved my hands and everything, and that felt good. And then Bernie (Canucks head trainer Mike Burnstein) came out and told me to stay down, so it was more precautionary than anything.”
Sedin said his CT scan “showed up good” and that there should be no problem with a recovery or any negative lasting effects.