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Highlights from Crosby press conference

Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:59 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 2:08 pm
 
By: Adam Gretz

After a summer of reports, denials, more reports, more denials and a number of unanswered questions regarding the status of Sidney Crosby, the Penguins captain addressed the media on Wednesday to discuss his recovery from a concussion and his potential availability for the start of the 2011-12 season.

In the end, not much has changed as we still don't know for sure when Crosby will be ready to return to the lineup. His doctors, Michael Collins and Ted Carrick, as well as Penguins general manager Ray Shero, all of whom joined Crosby at the podium, all insisted that he will not be allowed to return until he is at 100 percent -- a level he has still not yet reached.

When asked if Crosby will be ready for the Penguins' season opening game in Edmonton on October 6, Collins said that he "has no earthly idea." But while nobody could say for sure when he will return, everybody involved seemed confident that he will return, as if it were simply a matter of "when" and not "if."

Among the topics addressed were the symptoms Crosby experienced in the beginning, the ones he is still experiencing today, the unknown timetable for his return, what consideration Crosby gave to retirement (he says none), as well as his call for the NHL to ban all hits to the head.

Here are some of the highlights of the 40-minute conference:

-- Collins said he first met with Crosby on Jan. 6 and knew right away that this would be an injury that would take a long time to recover from. He also added that he is not surprised it's taken as long as it has. During their early meetings he described Crosby's symptoms as being "foggy," and, using the first of many analogies, compared it to your high definition TV working like a standard definition TV. He was having headaches, sensitivity to light and sound, while everything around him seemed to be moving in slow motion.

Since then, however, it appears that a lot of progress has been made.

Crosby is still not yet ready for contact, or to be declared 100 percent, but he is starting to approach his normal limits -- Collins referred to him numerous times as "a Ferrari" of a hockey player -- but simply isn't there yet.

Collins also said that he evaluated Crosby on Tuesday and that the data he saw then is the best he's seen to date regarding his recovery. He also wasn't shy about how wonderful of a patient Crosby has been throughout the process.

-- Following some brief opening statements from Shero and the doctors, Crosby was finally asked a series of questions, and one of the first ones involved whether or not he ever considered retirement, something that was rumored -- based on unconfirmed reports out of Canada -- earlier this summer.

Crosby said he never considered retirement and that he "didn't give a whole lot of thought to that."

-- Carrick, a concussion specialist that has been seeing Crosby recently, referred to concussions and head injuries as an epidemic in sports, and also added: "It's a good time to have a head injury now as opposed to a few years ago, but hopefully we won't have to go through these in the future."

Later in the press conference Crosby was asked his thoughts about hits to the head and whether or not there should be a complete banishment of them in the NHL.

Said Crosby, "I don't think there's a reason not to take them out." He also added that of all the hits that happen over the course of a hockey season probably only 50-or-so result in a hit to the head, and that the NHL would not miss such a small number of plays.

-- One of the most recent updates on Crosby's status indicated that his symptoms started to return when he reached the 80-90 percent exertion level on the ice, something that was confirmed on Wednesday.

Crosby said he's still experiencing some small headaches at this point, but that is a long way from where he was in the beginning of the process. He said early on he found it difficult to drive, listen to the radio or watch TV. He also admitted that he tried to attend a meeting with the team to watch film shortly after the concussion but felt that it was stressing his system.

-- When asked if it's "likely or unlikely if he will play this season," Crosby simply responded. "Likely."

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Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 11, 2011 10:20 am
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

I get the feeling lately, that somewhere between 10 and 15 years from now, all contact sports will be banned or "de-contacted", at least in this part of the world. The medical evidence will continue to mount, there will be many more incidents just like Crosby's, and eventually hockey, if it still exists, will be no-contact even in the pro leagues. Unless some magical head gear is invented that 100% prevents brain injury, that is the only forseeable future for hockey, football, rugby, boxing, MMA, etc. (And how safe is it to intentionally redirect a soccer ball with your head for 10 years?) In some countries, China or Russia perhaps, these sports will still be full-contact, and that's where people will have to go to play them. It might be hard to imagine such a future right now, but I think that's where we're headed, given enough time. If players like Crosby are forced to end their career because of concussion injury, it will happen more quickly.



Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:29 pm
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

Primetime you sound like a stiff. Loosen up buddy, have some fun and grow some balls. I really dont think anybody HATES Crosby, its more like love to hate on Crosby. Some players are built tough, some aren't. Crosby is built like a vagina. This isn't just about his concussion, the guy's always hurt. Its always something. Not to mention too often we see his pms symtpons on the ice. Now that doesn't mean he's still not the top 2 player in the world. No matter what you think of Crosby you gotta admire his skills. I hope he gets fully recovered because it would't be the same without him. I want to laugh when he fails, and i want to grinch my face when he drops 20 points in 5 games. So dont get all emotional and hurt when you see people dissin on Crosby. At the end of the day he's still the best or second best(whatever way you see it) player in the world, victory is his. I bet you still have parental control on your browser so you dont have to see cuss words. Gimme a break. 



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 3:06 pm
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

 Mr Howe and Mr Orr would both tell you that the game played back then was a lot different that is played now

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It was played with-out helmets, the sticks where held lower, and there was more respect among players. 



Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

Previous comment was directed at primetime who I thought made a nice reply to another fan. 



Since: Jan 25, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

Great post.  Nice to see someone respect the game and show some knowledge.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

CH Wings 4

I am a Red Wing fan. I have played and coached this game for many of years.  Mr Howe and Mr Orr would both tell you that the game played back then was a lot different that is played now. You don't even know what old time hockey is let alone how it was played. The players now a days are bigger and faster. They also where bigger equipment than they ever wore back in those days.
I dont dislike Crosby he is a great player even being a Red Wings fan for the last 50 years I can say that. I do dislike Gary Bettman and the media shoving him down our throats like they do but that is not the Kids fault.

How old are you 5?  That is how old you sound with the comments you have made. I also take it that you have never played any sports in your life because if you had then you would not have made these comments.
Once you get the first that first concussion then it is easier for you to get another one and they do get worse each time. He had this press conference because everyone kept asking about his return or if he was going to retire. So he did this press conference to clear the air.

You don't even know what old time hockey is let alone how it was played. The players now a days are bigger and faster. They also where bigger equipment than they ever wore back in those days.
In every major sport they are taking concussions a lot more seriously than they ever did in the past because of the long term effects.

So why don't you stick that sucker back in your mouth before you start crying and be quiet. Children are suppose to be seen and not heard.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:37 pm
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

Yep, and I'm confident I'll be a really good golfer. Someday. Just give me another hundred years or so. And if he's back, how big a tap on the noggin will it now take to put him out of action again?



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:40 am
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

Has anyone ever come back from a concussion this severe and continued to play at his previous level? I can't think of anyone. I hate the Crosby as Hockey Messiah hype, but there's no denying that he was a top-tier player and a great draw throughout the league. It would be a great story if he either returns to his old form, or reinvents himself as a savvy vet who picks his spots.

One thing that's certain is that there is no rule change that would completely eliminate head injuries. Headshots are already outlawed, and almost invariably draw a suspension and fine. Changing the game with the goal of eliminating "50-or-so" plays is a fool's errand.



Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:00 am
 

Highlights from Crosby press conference

I don't like Crosby and think he has a terrible attitude for the growth of hockey

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How has Crosby's attitude afffected the growth of hockey?,it's more popular than ever.


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