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Crosby Pushes Himself in First Practice

by Sam Kasan / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced with his teammates Saturday afternoon for the first day of training camp, though he did not participate in contact drills.

Crosby, who added that he was symptom free after the session, said the practice was the hardest that he’s pushed himself.

“It felt good. I’m glad to be back out there,” said Crosby, who plans to practice on Sunday. “That was a really good pace. I think it was tough, but fun to feel it again.

“I worked as hard as I possibly could out there. (First time I’ve done that) for that period of time. That’s the longest I went at that pace. It felt good.”

Crosby was welcomed by Penguins fans, who filled the arena for the open practice, with a standing ovation. And the team’s captain said that he wants to be back in action just as much as the fans.

“It says a lot about our fans and I appreciate all of that,” Crosby said. “I miss being out there. I appreciate that. I’m as eager as they are to be out there. I want to get back. I’m doing everything I can in my power to make sure that is as soon as possible. That being said there are necessary steps to take and I’m going to make sure I do that. I’m excited as much as they are.”

Crosby will have to talk to the doctors before he can engage in contact.

“Before contact I have to talk to doctors,” he said. “As far as the final say, that will be our team doctor (Dr. Charles Burke). At the end of the day he’s got to be the one who clears me to play. It will be up to him. There is constant communication. Everyone will be well aware of everything before each step is made.”

Crosby added:

“It’s one day. I’m glad I felt good. I have see after the next few days here.”
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