Great news for hockey fans. Sid the Kid, aka Sidney Crosby, was able to play in his first practice since his nagging concussion like symptoms resurfaced in December of 2011. This young player took the world of hockey by storm, starting his first season with 39 goals and 63 assists, and then finding his stride in his second season with an NHL leading 102 points.
He was awarded the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy, and the Lester B. Pearson Award for the best player all in his second groundbreaking season. He kept up his pace in the 2009-2010 season, scoring a career high 51 goals. His injury has been a huge loss to the game.
The devastating injury occurred when Crosby took a hit to the head in the 2010-2011 season, and instead of benching him, the Penguins sent him right back the next game. He took another hit to the head, and was out for almost 11 months, returning for a brief 8 game stint in December in the 2011-2012 season. Unfortunately, his symptoms returned after 8 games, and he has been sidelined ever since.
He’s stated that he has no symptoms currently, after dealing with problems such as headaches and other concussion-like symptoms. He has been pushing himself hard in practice, but all the practice in the world can’t compare to a bone rattling full contact game.
Practice is a great first step, but full contact has to be up next. We can only hope that Crosby won’t be put into a game situation before he is ready, and that this talented player can get back into the game. Sending out best wishes to Crosby, hoping for a full recovery and a great career.