Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has suffered another unfortunate concussion. According to the Penguins, who dropped the news Monday afternoon, the concussion will keep the captain out of Pittsburgh’s starting lineup as opening day approaches.
Here is the news release from the Penguins website in full:
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, it was announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Crosby sat out Saturday's preseason game vs. Columbus because he was not feeling well, and missed practice today to undergo concussion testing.
Crosby's status will be updated when more information is available. The Penguins open the regular season Thursday night against Washington at PPG Paints Arena.
Crosby is no stranger to concussions. Back on Jan. 1, 2011, Crosby was injured during the Winter Classic after being decked in the head on open ice by the Capitals’ David Steckel. The injury was made worse just days later when Tampa Bay’s Victor Hedman took Crosby into the boards. The Penguins captain missed 11 months with a concussion.
Head coach Mike Sullivan also revealed the incident that caused the concussion took place in practice on Friday.
For a player with a history of concussions, this is a huge blow not only to Crosby and the Penguins but to the NHL itself. The NHL is a better league with Crosby on the ice, no question.