Sidney Crosby recently announced that he will not be ready to start the season but ensured the press that the chances of him losing his career to this injury are very unlikely. However, the possibility alone is enough to bring up the painful memories of great NHL careers derailed by various injuries.
Hockey is an undeniably violent sport. Players are bigger, skating faster than they ever have, and as a result hitting harder. The injuries that result, meanwhile, are far from new to the game.
Let's take a look at some of the great careers that could have been even better had injuries not entered the equation.