Known as one of hockey’s most informed sources, the Fan 590’s Bob McCowan recently claimed that members of Sidney Crosby’s family are encouraging him to retire due to concussion trauma that has kept the game's best player off the ice for more than two months.
While McCowan failed to name names, it appears as if we can eliminate Crosby’s parents from the equation.
Darren Dreger of TSN announced via Twitter that Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, had responded to the rumors by stating:
"Sidney's parents have been extremely encouraging and supportive during this recovery period."
Louis Jean of Sportsnet went a little further with Brisson's comments, saying:
"With Twitter and social media, people get carried away, It's irresponsible. This report (on Crosby) is baseless. At no time has retirement ever been discussed."
The fact that Sidney’s parents are supporting their son in his time of need does not dismiss McCowan’s claims completely, nor does his agent's rebuttal, but it does bring into question just from how far down the family tree these concerns come.
Crosby has already won a Stanley Cup championship, scored the winning goal for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics and has won every conceivable personal award imaginable.
To say a player of Crosby’s ilk would ever consider retirement at the age of 23 seems ludicrous, but with the game's biggest star having been shelved for so long and with little dialogue regarding his injury status, rumors have been swirling that Crosby may never play the game again.
Until next time,