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Sidney Crosby==> Done?

Could Sidney Crosby be finished with playing hockey? I hope not because he is an amassing hockey player, as well as a great ambassador for hockey. It's hard to argue with what Sidney has accomplished in his short NHL career.

Sidney Crosby entered his first year in the NHL only to lose out on the Calder trophy to Ovechkin. So the next year he worked all summer to make himself better and prove that he was the best player in the world. He won the Art Ross and Hart trophy's that year. The next year he made it to the Stanley cup finals only to lose to Detroit in seven. The following year Sid worked on his game and found the penguins and himself in the Stanley cup final again. This time they win the cup and Sid becomes the youngest player to win a Stanley cup at 21.

The next year Sidney worked on improving his goal scoring, thinking shoot first. Sid was scoring more heading in to the Olympics in 2010. Where he scored the game winning goal to win the gold metal for Canada. Sidney continued past the Olympics to finish 2010 by winning the Rocket Richard trophy with Steven Stamko's. Trying Steven with 51 goals.

2011 started out as a year where he might beat all his other accomplishments. Crosby had just finished a 25 game point streak and was leading the league in points with 66 in 41 games. Sid was 20+ points up on his nearest competitor. When the worst thing possible happened Sidney got hit in back to back games and like that he was out with a concussion.

Now here we are beginning March 2012 and Sidney is still out with his injury. He tried to come back earlier this year only to go out again. So many people including myself are wondering how this is possible. That one of the great players in the last decade, can still be out with a concussion.

The latest news is that Sidney may have soft tissue damage in his neck. The Doctor's tell us that his injury can heal it's self. If his injury does not heal and Sidney does receive permanent damage it would be tragic for hockey.

I wonder if this injury is preventable and how might we avoid injuries like this in the future. My youngest son plays hockey. At 5 years old he is in his second year and he loves it. What might the league be like in a decade from now. They talk about removing fighting from hockey but is that the answer. I'm not sure. Since Sidney has been out they have talked a lot about head shots and cracking down on them. It seems that hits from behind and to the head have increased since they started this crack down.

But when does Sidney think of hanging them up as to avoid further damage? If Sidney's damage is permanent and he is unable to continue his hall of fame career. I believe every player needs to take a long look in the mirror and change the way they play the game. Bearing down on someone with the intent to take their head off needs to be eliminated.


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