By Joe Haggerty
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BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron has been close with Sidney Crosby dating back to theirdays playing on the gold medal-winning World Junior squad for TeamCanada during the lockout year, and so hes watched Sid the Kidsconcussion battles with particular interest over the last year. ThePenguins center and NHL poster boy has been out of commission with aconcussion since shortly getting hit in the hit with an accidental shotin last years Winter Classic and has suffered through a prolongedrecovery process.
Crosby had a setback over thesummer as he ramped up his workouts, but hes back on the ice skatingwithout any contact. Its been welcome news to Bergeron, who battled his way back from a severe concussion four years ago, and theBs center said hes keeping close tabs via text messages withCrosby.
I had some words with him . . . only via textmessage, though, and not on the phone. We exchanged a couple . . . every oncein a while I was reaching out to him and just letting him know whatI've been through, said Bergeron. Patience and staying positive is,it sounds kind of clich, but that's exactly what it is. I told himto just to stay with it then he's going to find a way to getback.
There's progress going on and that's all thatmatters when you have a concussion as long as it goes forward. But onmy side having gone through it I just want him to be healthy and back100 . Before even Sidney Crosby the hockey player, it's more about himas a person and then you go from there.
It wouldcertainly make Bostons chances of repeating that much more difficultwhen Crosby finds a way out of the concussion darkness and back ontothe ice with the Penguins. But none of that matters right now toBergeron as its about friendship and quality of life for one ofhockeys brightest lights.