Sidney Crosby returned to the ice to skate on his own prior to the Pittsburgh Penguins’ team training on Wednesday. While he did not participate in the training session itself, he spent approximately 30 minutes on the ice rink—the first time since he missed practice on Saturday and a scrimmage on Monday.
While Penguins’ coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Crosby’s return, he was unable to provide details on his progress due to the terms set by the NHL Return to Play Plan.
Crosby is just one of several players on the road to recovery. Forward Patric Hornqvist and defenseman Juuso Riikola returned to practice for the first time during the post-coronavirus shutdown training camp.
Hornqvist had this to say regarding his return to action, “It felt great to be back. It’s always fun to see the boys. I think we have a great opportunity in front of us. It’s going to be a [heck] of a ride. We have to make sure we go out there and earn it.”
In total, nine Penguins’ players were cleared to play on Monday. This comes after numerous players were forced to quarantine due to possible secondary exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.