Crosby lobbies for ban on headshots
CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby might still be suffering from the occasional headache as a result of a concussion, but he can still do the math.
And, when it comes to headshots, the NHL could benefit from some addition by subtraction.
"I read a stat that there were 50,000 hits a year," said the Pittsburgh Penguins captain, who provided an update on his progress Wednesday after suffering that concussion after taking a pair of hits to the head in January.
"We're talking about 50 headshots. To take those out, the game's not going to change. As professionals, the odd time maybe there's accidental contact, but for the most part you can control what's going on out there," he said.
Crosby asked the NHL and his peers to work toward eliminating contact with the head.
"As a league, as a union, I think we've all educated ourselves a lot in the last six or seven months. I think it can go further. At the end of the day I don't think there's a reason not to take (headshots) out."
Crosby said if a player must be responsible with his stick, it stands to reason that he also must be responsible with the rest of his body.
"Whether it's accidental or not accidental, you have to be responsible out there."