The Penguins had said last week that Crosby and fellow center Evgeni Malkin would both miss the start of training camp due to undisclosed injuries, making Crosby's appearance a surprise. Malkin did not skate, as expected.
Crosby said he got clearance from the team's trainer Friday morning to skate. He spent about 50 minutes on the ice, which he said was a pre-determined amount of time.
“I just talked to [trainer Chris Stewart] and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit,” Crosby said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I was happy to hear that. Hopefully, I can put [together] a string of days here.”
While Crosby said he's not sure if he can play in Pittsburgh's preseason games on Monday or Tuesday, he believes he won't have to miss any regular season games.
The center had said earlier this month he's fully recovered from the wrist injury he sustained in March.
A four-time All-Star, Crosby led the NHL last season in both assists (68) and points (104).
- Ben Estes