PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby denied a published report Tuesday that indicated he'd consider boycotting the NHL all-star game to protest the league's lack of protection for its star players.
The report, in the Globe and Mail, suggested Crosby is angry enough to pull himself out of the game.
“That's not even close (to accurate),” Crosby told reporters Tuesday. “I'll be there if I can be there and still haven't ruled out being there. Hopefully, in the next few days things get better.
“There's a slight chance I can still be back for that. That's what I'm hoping. If I can be there, I'll be there.”
The NHL scoring leader is nursing what reportedly is a mild concussion. He was injured on a hit by Tampa's Victor Hedman on Jan. 6, and has not played since.
He also took a shoulder to the head, courtesy of Washington's Dave Steckel, during the Jan. 1 Winter Classic.
Crosby was asked if he is angered by the hits.
“It's out of my hands. I can't control what is called and not called. If anything it's frustrating being out, but (the hits are) not what fuels the frustration. The frustration part is not being able to play hockey every day.”
The NHL all-star game is slated for Jan. 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Crosby was the runaway leader in fan voting for the annual talent showcase.
“I think they're trying to recognize the fact that there's been hits and serious effects of those,” Crosby continued. “They've made strides in doing that. As for mine, it's tough to say what exactly happened. Who knows? Overall, I think it's something that they're aware of. You've seen in the last week or so there have been a couple suspensions for hits to the head. It's something they're trying to be active with and it's the right thing to do.”
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Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins walks out to the ice before playing against the Washington Capitals duringf the 2011 NHL Bridgestone Winter Classic at Heinz Field on January 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Photograph by: Jamie Squire, Getty Images