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Ex-Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray has some harsh words for his former team


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Samer Dagher
July 7, 2024  (2:43 PM)
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Former Edmonton Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray
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Former NHL defenseman Sheldon Souray recently opened up about one of the most harrowing experiences of his professional career, pointing the finger squarely at the Edmonton Oilers organization.

Souray shared his story on the "Unhammered" podcast with former NHL enforcer Brantt Myhres, detailing a catastrophic wrist injury that forever changed his perception of the Oilers.
The injury occurred after Souray was goaded into fighting Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla at the insistence of Oilers head coach Tom Renney.
"I'm walking out to go play and Tom Renney gives my jersey a tug and says 'Hey if you wanna get someone back now is the time' and no one had ever done that in my career," revealed Souray. "I know what my job is and that made me mad, at this time I was putting up points and someone telling me to fight didn't make sense to me."

After injuring his wrist in the fight, Souray wanted to travel to Los Angeles for surgery, but the Oilers refused.
"I wanted to go to L.A. and get the surgery, and they said no," said Souray.

Instead, the Oilers insisted on a plan that would end in disaster.
"So they say 'No you're going to have the surgery here in Edmonton,'" revealed Souray. "They actually changed the rules after all this stuff."

Souray reluctantly followed the Oilers' plan, leading to a life-threatening infection in his arm. A few days after the surgery, he had to be rushed to the hospital and placed in intensive care.
"About 10 o'clock that night I called an ambulance... I was so sick," said Souray. "I had this old heater, I had a blanket over my head, I'm sweating, I'm starting to get a little delirious, it was like nothing I had never experienced before."

At the hospital, Souray realized the severity of his condition.
"I have a major infection, I have a blood and bone infection," revealed Souray.

"3 days in ICU."

The situation was so dire that medical staff were more concerned about the infection reaching his heart than saving his hand.
"She said 'Honey we're not worried about your hand, we're worried about this getting in your heart and killing you' and she said it and I knew she was serious," said Souray.

Amputation of his hand was also a very real possibility.
"They were gonna amputate my hand," said Souray. "It was on the table as an option."

While in intensive care, Souray was visited by an assistant trainer who informed him that the Oilers believed he was faking his injury to force a trade.
"He said 'Just so you know the management thinks you're faking this injury because you don't want to play for the Oilers,'" claimed Souray.

Angered by this accusation, Souray called Oilers management.
"So I picked up my phone and I called [Steve] Tambellini and I called Kevin [Lowe] and I told him what I thought of him and I think I left a message for Daryl too, Daryl Katz who is the owner, and I just told them all to go f*** themselves," admitted Souray.

This experience left Souray with a deeply negative view of the Oilers organization.
"It was f***ed up, from the top to the bottom it was so dysfunctional," said Souray of the Oilers organization at the time. "It was a circus."


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