Penguins’ Crosby Cleared to Practice With No Contact After Concussion

Sidney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ captain and leading scorer, has been cleared to practice without contact as he recovers from post-concussion symptoms.

Crosby will join the Penguins on the ice tomorrow, according to the National Hockey League team.

“I’m excited to get going,” Crosby said on the team’s website. “Whatever symptoms I’ve had have been pretty minimal. To be able to get cleared to do this is good.”

Crosby is recovering from hard hits in the team’s Jan. 1 Winter Classic outdoor game against the Washington Capitals and a Jan. 5 game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Team doctors have said Crosby won’t be cleared to resume playing until he is 100 percent healthy.

After being cleared in July to resume workouts, Crosby stopped skating in mid-August when the concussion symptoms returned. The 24-year-old center skated briefly with the team on Sept. 7.

Crosby missed the final 41 games of last season due to the injury. He registered 66 points in 41 games, setting an NHL record for the fewest games played by a team’s leading scorer.

He was the first pick of the 2005 draft, and two years later won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player at the age of 19, the youngest to get the honor. He also scored the gold-medal-winning goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, lifting Canada over the U.S. in overtime.

The Penguins’ first preseason game is scheduled for Sept. 21 against Detroit. Their regular-season schedule begins Oct. 6 in Vancouver against the Canucks, who lost to Boston in last season’s Stanley Cup Final.

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