Former NHL player talks about Sidney Crosby's return

March 15, 2012 - 12:26pm Updated: March 15, 2012 - 3:14pm
Canadian Press
Canadian Press

Tonight marks the return of Sidney Crosby, part two.

Crosby will be back in the lineup for the Pittsburgh Penguins in New York tonight in his first game since early December.

One former NHL player, whose career was cut short due to concussions, can't help but be concerned for the future health of the NHL superstar. Former Regina Pat Jamie Heward says the older you get and the more concussions you have, the worse they become.

“For me the earlier ones didn’t seem nearly as bad as the ones I had that made me retire and there was one or two in between that I knew they were different than the first couple I ever had,” he said.

Heward thinks Crosby may have to contemplate taking significant time off to recover or think about retirement if he suffers another concussion in the next few weeks.

“That’s pretty scary for a superstar of his magnitude to have to go through that,” he said.

It is a situation all too familiar for Heward, who had to retire after missing a full year following a concussion from a hit in a 2009 game while playing for Tampa Bay.

Edited by News Talk Radio’s Adriana Christianson