NHL hockey star Sidney Crosby was diagnosed with a minor injury just prior to the start of training camp and as such Jim Rutherford, the General Manager of his team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, announced that he would not be on the ice at the start of training camp. The injury was not related to that of his wrist injury and his teammate, fellow star Evgeni Malkin was also scheduled to miss the start of training camp. Yet when training camp officially began on Friday who was on the ice with his teammates: Captain Sidney Crosby.
There is a new hierarchy within the Pittsburgh Penguins starting with Jim Rutherford and coach Mike Johnston and it looks as if Sidney Crosby is just as eager to impress them as his teammates and also might be trying to send a subtle message to all of his teammates about the importance of playing in both practices and games.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are a team that has enjoyed much success during his time with the team, regular participants in the playoffs and always considered a Stanley Cup threat but over the past couple seasons they have not gone far in the playoffs and maybe Sidney Crosby wants the team to develop a tougher attitude and have them be looked at as less injury prone.
The first practice was intense and the only aspect that Sidney Crosby did not participate in was a scrimmage at the end as he and the team want to be smart with his minor injury. However, his presence on the ice from the first day of training camp is something that likely brought smiles to the faces of the new regime because it will help bring the team closer together knowing that arguably the best player in the world is not using his status to avoid the tough practices. His actions will be remembered by teammates when they receive minor injuries throughout the year and will likely pay dividends with the play of his teammates in tough games.
Sidney Crosby's actions on the first day of training camp are indicative of the great leaders in the National Hockey League and is one of the reasons why he is so respected by his teammates, management and opponents.