Sidney Crosby checked by doctors, not put into concussion protocol after head-first crash in Game 6
CRANBERRY TWP. — Sidney Crosby clarified on Tuesday that he was checked by doctors after crashing head-first into the boards during Monday’s Game 6, but didn’t go into concussion protocol.
Crosby slid into the boards during the first period, one week after he sustained a concussion in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal that kept him out of Game 4. He finished out the rest of his shift.
“Any guy that goes into the boards like that, the first thing is the trainer and the doctors, that’s how it goes,” Crosby said. “What you’re talking about is the difference between checking with a doctor and entering concussion protocol. They’re two separate things.”
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Head coach Mike Sullivan said after the 5-2 loss that Crosby wasn’t evaluated. On Tuesday, he said Crosby wasn’t put into protocol.
“If they go through the protocol, I usually get notified by our medical staff,” Sullivan said. “That’s completely out of [the coaches’] control.”
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA Today Sports that “‘slow to get up'” does not trigger mandatory removal by a concussion spotters, a group of personnel in the arena and in the Player Safety Room in New York are to monitor for “certain, visible sign(s) under the Protocol, following a direct or indirect blow to the head.”
The NHL’s current concussion policy would only allow a spotter to remove Crosby from the game had he hit his head on the ice or another player.
“The protocol has to be interpreted literally to mandate a removal,” Daly told USA Today. “‘Ice’ as compared to ‘boards’ is in there for a reason. It’s the result of a study on our actual experiences over a number of years. ‘Ice’ has been found to be a predictor of concussions – ‘boards has not been.'”