The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Monday that superstar forward Sidney Crosby will not attend the upcoming All-Star Weekend festivities in Raleigh, N.C., as he continues to recover from a concussion.
“Sidney is making progress in his recovery but still is not completely symptom-free,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said.
“The Penguins organization has decided that he will not attend the NHL All-Star Weekend and instead will continue to relax and recuperate in the hopes of returning to our lineup soon.”
Crosby has not played since Jan. 6 against Tampa Bay when he was hit by Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman. He also suffered a blindside hit in the New Year’s Day Winter Classic against Washington.
“I know Sidney is very honored to have been selected by the fans to appear in the All-Star Game, and he was happy to attend the festivities two years ago when he couldn’t play because of a knee injury,” Shero said.
“However, in this situation — when he has not even skated for two and a half weeks and still has not been cleared to resume physical activity — we think it’s best for him to focus totally on his recovery."
Crosby will miss his ninth straight game Tuesday when the Penguins face the Islanders.
The 23-year-old Canadian native was leading the NHL in points at the time of his injury, with 32 goals and 34 assists. Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has since moved one point ahead with 67.