Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is expected to miss the season opener this
Thursday against Vancouver. He had 32 goals and 34 assists in 41 games last
year, still leading the team with 66 points after just half a season.

Crosby is back on the ice with his team, not yet cleared for contact (Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press)

Crosby hasn’t played in a game since getting hit to the head in two consecutive games, with hardly any rest in between. He diagnosed with a concussion early January, and has just recently started skating with his team in September but hasn’t been cleared for contact yet.

After the Penguins practiced this weekend in Detroit, Crosby said he didn’t think there was even a possibility he was going to play this Thursday. “We play next
Thursday and it’s a few short days away. We haven’t progressed to the next level yet.”(The Canadian Press) Penguin coach Dan Bylsma said.

Ray Shero, Penguins GM also said Crosby isn’t playing, there is no set return date for him
yet. Crosby has travelled with the team during the pre-season and will travel with them as they
start the season on a western road trip before their home opener on Oct. 10th.

When the Penguins get back from the trip, Crosby will see doctor. Hopefully things will carry
on as they are and Crosby will return to the game soon.


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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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