Crosby and Toews decline Team Canada invitation
Posted on 6:00pm Wednesday 25th Apr 2012
Two of Canada’s best ice hockey centremen, Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews, have declined invitations to pay at the World Hockey Championship next month. Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson says his client wants to spend the next four months focussing on the next season through off-ice training. Because of his concussion, Crosby was unable to train last summer as aggressively as he would have liked and wants to make sure he’s 100% ready for next season’s training camp. He had 8 goals and 37 points in 22 NHL games this season.
Crosby commented on the situation to the Canadian Press, “Typically, I’d be there in a second, but this isn’t a normal situation and this isn’t me trying to hide away from the world championships. I love playing for Team Canada. Anyone who is questioning that right now obviously doesn’t know me or aren’t thinking right.”
Toews, who saw his Chicago Blackhawks get eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs on Monday, missed the last 22 games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. Similar to Crosby, Toews bypassed the invitation in order to regain full health.