Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion on Friday , October 7th. This was worrying news given Crosby’s history with concussions, but he seems to be on the road to a quick recovery.
Although the Penguins medical staff is keeping him out of the first game of the season, Crosby has already returned to practice with the team. He isn’t practicing at 100-percent effort and wears a yellow, non-contact jersey, but it’s still a promising sign to see him back on the ice.
This is good news for the Penguins, as Crosby was a major component in leading the team to their Stanley Cup victory in the 2014-2015 season. After a disappointing early season, it was Crosby’s leadership and offensive prowess that propelled them to a dominant last half and playoff performance.
Crosby has been in the NHL spotlight since he started in the league. The Penguins drafted him in 2005 and he started out at full throttle. In his opening year, he was the sixth-highest scorer. He lead the league in scoring by his second year, becoming the youngest player ever to do so.
That same year, Crosby also won the Hart Memorial Trophy for most valuable player and the Lester B. Pearson Award for most outstanding player. Needless to say, he had a great second year in the NHL.
Crosby became the Penguins team captain in 2007 and led the team to the NHL finals that same season, though they lost to the Detroit Red Wings. With the cup slipping through his fingers, he led the team back to the finals the very next year, again against the Detroit Red Wings, and this time took home the title.
Crosby was born on August 7, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He grew up there, learning to play hockey on frozen ponds.
When the Penguins drafted Crosby in 2005, he lived with Mario Lemieux and his family. Mario Lemieux then retired in 2006, as the torch was passed from one legendary Penguins player to another.
As Crosby found his feet in the NHL and in the United States, he eventually bought his own house in the area. He also owns a house back in Nova Scotia.
Crosby uses his fame and fortune to give back to his home community. He started the Sidney Crosby Foundation to aid local children and he opened a hockey school in Cole Harbour.
Look for Crosby to be back on the game day ice soon.