Crosby skates, calls for NHL to take action

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hasn't played a game since suffering a concussion on...

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hasn't played a game since suffering a concussion on January 5, 2011. (REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:28 PM ET

On Monday, Sidney Crosby went for his first skate since suffering a concussion.

Then, Crosby, who will miss his 30th game of the season Tuesday against the Senators, called on the NHL to get serious about headshots.

Injured Jan. 5 against Tampa Bay, the Pittsburgh Penguins star went for a 15-minute skate at the Consol Energy Centre in full equipment. There is no timetable for his return, but it was a big step.

Afterwards, he called for action to be taken during a discussion with Pittsburgh reporters.

“Banning (headshots) would be the easiest and the safest route. There are times when there is going to be accidental contact and how do you deal with that?” asked Crosby. “That’s something that they have to work out. But as far as targeting the head, yeah.

“No matter if it’s from the blindside or straight on, if someone targets the head, then yeah, I think that should be banned.”

Crosby said he feels much better.

“I feel good. It’s really early. It’s just part of progress and trying to get better,” said Crosby. “I felt pretty good doing some light workouts. I was told I had the opportunity to skate. I went out there for 15 minutes to see how I felt. No real plan going forward. I felt good, so that’s a good sign.”

Crosby said he’ll have to see how he is Tuesday morning before deciding if he’ll skate again.

“Just being on the ice is nice after not doing anything really the last few months,” said Crosby.“It’s still in the early stages of things. It doesn’t mean I’ll be able to skate (Tuesday).”

“I’ve been symptom-free the last few days. That doesn’t mean that when I exert myself that I won’t have symptoms. That could always happen. That’s pretty normal when you have that. It’s a process and we’ll see how things go.”


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