A video recently surfaced on YouTube of Penguins fans going nuts for Sidney Crosby's return to the ice on Saturday. We're not talking a few hundred people giving it their all. This was a few thousand people giving their captain a standing ovation—at training camp.
I am not a Penguins fan by any means, but the video gave me mild goosebumps. Or maybe that was the suddenly chilly Midwest weather. Hard telling. But the fact that these fans waited more than three hours for Crosby to take the ice wasn't lost on me.
It's clear that Penguins fans missed their biggest star and most important player dearly. His return to the ice for training camp is extremely important for the team, even if he is there with no contact. NHL.com has reported that he was able to skate at full speed for the duration of the practice and that no setbacks were felt by Crosby.
The next step is for Sid to take a body check, but for now seeing him on the ice will suffice for hockey fans. Kudos to Pittsburgh for standing by their player like that. It's good to see.