Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has taken another step forward in his recovery from a concussion.
Doctors cleared him for contact prior to Thursday’s morning skate at Consol Energy Center.
“It’s a big step but we’ll see how things go,” said Crosby. “I’ve got to get hit in practice.”
No timetable was provided for his return to game action. Pittsburgh hosts the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
Crosby last played on Jan. 5 and had been skating with the Penguins since the start of training camp.
The first sign that his status had changed came when he stepped on the ice Thursday morning wearing the same black helmet as his teammates. He had previously been using a different coloured helmet — indicating he couldn’t be hit.