Lord of the Rinks: Return of the King

Crosby during warm up on Jan. 5, 2011 - his last game in the NHL. (Courtesy NHL.com)

January 1st, 2011 was the last time Sidney Crosby played with a clear head. That was the day of the NHL’s Winter Classic – a contest between Washington and Pittsburgh which took place at Heinz Field, home of NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. With over 60,000 fans on hand, and millions watching on television, Dave Steckel’s blindside hit left Crosby reeling. (Link: Steckel hits Crosby) Though it’s now clear that he was concussed on the play, Crosby actually stayed in the game. Here’s what was written in the NHL’s post-game recap: Continue reading