After 320 days from a concussion that threatened his life, Sidney Crosby is coming back tonight for a game with the Penguins.  Although his doctors have cleared Crosby, 24, to play, many people (including hockey fans) think it is too dangerous to come back now.  Although concussions are down this year in the NHL, there are 19 players suffering from them.

Suppose Crosby was hit again and suffered another concussion (a quite likely prospect).  Would that mean lights out for good?  As the Globe and Mail put  in its leader this morning:  “The risk of playing with a concussion is catastrophic – though rare.  Second impact-syndrome (a concussion on a concussion) can  cause death in young athletes.

Is it worth it for Crosby to come back.  He is only 24, a wealthy man and has other life options.

Where do you come down when a hockey career is stacked up against a death sentence?

Should Crosby be coming back tonight?

What do you think?


  1. 1
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    The Gumper didn’t wear a mask the whole time he was goaltending for the Canadiens. Lafleur stopped wearing a helmet and his career flourished. This has nothing to do with whether Sidney Crosby should continue or quit, but those are my thoughts.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    I think Cherry is the big voice charging those who wear helmets and masks as being timid. What an idiot he is.

  3. 3
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    thank you for expressing what I have thought about Cherry for a long time. We risk peoples lives if there is no protection for hockey players, thank goodness!

  4. 4
    Heidi Gulatee Says:

    Sorry, correction We risk peoples lives if there is no protection for hockey players, thank goodness things are moving toward protecting the players.

  5. 5

    I can understand Crosby’s urge to return to his game. I was surprised that he actually took the medical advice and sustained for so long. It shows that he is a rational player and a very nice young man, I might add.
    If he gets another scare, he’ll probably quit, hopefully it won’t have been a bad decision in retrospect.
    I hope that it has drawn enough attention to open this debate at a more serious level.
    I don’t watch hockey because I think the fighting and checking spoils the game.
    I like Don Cherry (sometimes), but I think he needs a mental check-up on this subject.

  6. 6

    Grapes played hockey without a helmet. That just about explains everything, as far as I’m concerned…

    Crosby’s coming back is up to him.

  7. 7

    The game has changed since the 50’s & 60’s. Guys like Gump reported to camp fat, they smoked and drank beer between periods and the game was not nearly as fast. It was probably more fun. Now it’s a serious business.
    I saw some parts of the game last night and Crosby had “that look of love” on his face. Well done!

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