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Superstar Sid Crosby to miss start of NHL season after latest concussion

Concussion is an unavoidable subject for every collision sport.

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PITTSBURGH PENGUINS CAPTAIN  Sidney Crosby practiced Wednesday, two days after being diagnosed with a concussion, but will miss the reigning NHL champions’ season-opener tomorrow night.

Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Crosby won’t play when the Penguins host the Washington Capitals where the Pens will raise their Stanley Cup banner in a pre-game ceremony.

Crosby skated on his own for a second successive day before joining team-mates for his first practice since sustaining a concussion in training on Friday.

Sullivan was cautiously optimistic about Crosby’s appearance on the ice:

“We’ll take it step by step and we’re following the guidance of our medical team and we’ll go from there but he’s certainly making progress and that’s encouraging from our standpoint,” Sullivan said.

Crosby, 29, was diagnosed with the third documented concussion of his 12-year NHL career on Monday and was back on the ice in a non-contact session with injured team-mate Bryan Rust yesterday.

The Canadian superstar of the sport has a history with concussions after a collision in the 2011 Winter Classic outdoor game set off a long recovery that shortened two seasons for him.

Penguins Crosby Hockey Crosby speaking to reporters yesterday. Source: Gene J. Puskar

Crosby won the Stanley Cup for the second time in June and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Last month, he was awarded MVP of the World Cup of Hockey 2016 after leading all scorers with 10 points (three goals, seven assists) to help Team Canada win the global tournament.

“I’m always happy when I’m on the ice,” Crosby told reporters after today’s workout.

“I’m always happy. I’ve been through this before I don’t get too caught up in every little step.

“It’s a game you want to be a part of, but at the same time, I’ve spent more than enough time being in this situation. You understand you have to be patient. You have to make sure you listen to your body. If you’re ready, you’re ready. If not, you don’t take any chances and give yourself a lot better chance of not having it happen again.”

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