Sidney Crosby recently returned from an offseason wrist surgery but will now miss more time for a different reason. The Pittsburgh Penguins center has tested positive for COVID-19. Crosby had just returned to the Pittsburgh lineup on October 30 after missing the first part of the season to recover from the wrist procedure.
Josh Yohe of The Athletic reported the news on Twitter this morning. Pens defenseman Brian Doumolin also tested positive for the virus. The Penguins responded to the news on their official Twitter account.
“Not the news we were hoping for. Coach Sullivan confirms that Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin missed practice after testing positive for COVID-19. Both players are in the COVID protocol right now. Crosby has mild symptoms and Dumoulin is currently asymptomatic.”
The news comes as a rash of athletes and celebrities have recently been infected with the virus. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will miss his game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday after a positive test. Actor Jason Momoa has been quarantining after his diagnosis.
The Penguins are currently sitting in last place in the Metropolitan Division. The club has dealt with a rash of injuries in the young campaign. Conn Smythe-winning center Evgeni Malkin and six-time all-star defenseman Kris Letang have also been banged up.
Sidney Crosby has led the Penguins to three Stanley Cups in his tenure in the steel city. He’s also collected personal hardware, including two Hart Trophies, two Rocket Richard Trophies, two Art Ross Trophies and two Conn Smythe crowns.
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