Sidney Crosby diagnosed with the 4th concussion of his career
The Pittsburgh Penguins played their first game of the 2016 NHL regular season last night.
Before the puck dropped, the Penguins organization honored the 2015-16 Stanley Cup team by raising a Stanley Cup Champion banner in front of 19,758 fans.
This moment was bittersweet as captain Sidney Crosby was on the ice for the pregame show but didn’t play in the game against the Washington Capitals due to a concussion.
Crosby’s concussion was suffered last week during practice, but rumors are still circulating about the injury occurring in the World Cup of Hockey back in September.
Whether Crosby injured himself in practice or in the World Cup of Hockey, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that the Penguins could be without their best player for several games.
Crosby’s history with concussions is concerning, considering he has suffered four major head injures since 2011.
On January 6, 2011 Crosby suffered a concussion that sidelined him for 48 games.
Grantland’s Katie Baker timelines the first nine months of 2011 here.
On September 22, 2011 Crosby missed 20 games due to another concussion.
On December 7, 2011 the Penguins captain suffered his third concussion and missed 40 games.
ESPN.com timelined the rest of 2011 for Crosby’s tough 2011.
How long will this next concussion last for Sidney Crosby? Nobody knows – not even number 87 himself.
Crosby has been skating in recent practices, and he said in a press conference that he is feeling better (h/t NHL.com).
Fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins will agree that “better” isn’t going to cut it.
This is a major concern to the Penguins organization and its fan base.
Concussions aren’t injuries a player can easily recover from.
Symptoms could last months, if not years. Sidney Crosby is lucky he’s been able to stay concussion free over the past five years, due to the nasty nature of the NHL. Now the time has come, Crosby is head injured once again.
Will this be the end of Crosby’s career? Or, is this just procedural? Only time will tell.