Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with a concussion, it was announced on Monday by Penguins General Manager Jim Rutherford.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 10, 2016
Crosby missed his anticipated preseason debut against Columbus on Saturday. Per the Penguins official release, Crosby felt concussion like symptoms and was a late scratch.
“It happened in practice on Friday” said Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan.
There is no timetable on his return.
Crosby missed substantial time due to a concussion in the 2010-11 season due to two separate hits to the head. The first incident occurred at the 2011 NHL Winter Classic when Crosby collided with Capitals forward David Steckel. Just five days later, in a against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Victor Hedman checked Crosby into the end boards behind the Lightning net.
Crosby was sidelined for the rest of the 2010-11 season and much of the 2011-12 season with concussion like symptoms, though later Crosby was also diagnosed with a deep tissue neck injury which was confused with a concussion.
With the Penguins home opener and Stanley Cup banner raising ceremony against the Washington Capitals Thursday, Crosby’s availability doubtful.
“Frustration at this point is a useless emotion… With the absence of Sid in the lineup, we believe we still have a strong leadership core” said Sullivan.