PITTSBURGH (AP) - Sid the Kid is back.
Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby will make his season debut on Monday against the New York Islanders, his first game in nearly a year since being sidelined with concussion-like symptoms.
Crosby hasn't played since taking head shots in consecutive games in January against Washington and Tampa Bay.
The 2007 NHL MVP spent the last 10 months undergoing a painstakingly thorough rehabilitation that left him wondering when - or even if - he'd play again and forced the league to take a harsher stance when it comes to policing head hits.
He has been practicing with the Penguins since training camp and was cleared for contact six weeks ago, fueling speculation his return was imminent.