Colorado Avalanche: Facing Concussions in Modern Hockey

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If you were as seriously pumped up about the 2011 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins as I was, you can recall that Sidney Crosby took an injury during the game:

Former Washington forward David Steckel caught Crosby on his blind side with a big blow to the head. Later, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning would also hit Sidney Crosby in the head.

The rest of the season for Crosby was in shambles. Reports leaked out from Pittsburgh that Crosby had “blackouts” after returning to practice. One of the NHL’s premier players ever was lost for a whole year during the peak of his career.

There had been many profile concussion cases in the NHL to that point about enforcers. However, Crosby’s concussion case was so bad, and it happened to a super star in the league.

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