Crosby 'didn't hear' concussion controversy during playoffs

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(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby speaks to reporters during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby speaks to reporters during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby, left center, helps organize a drill during an on-ice session at the Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby, left center, helps organize a drill during an on-ice session at the Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby, center, laughs with Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon, second from right, during an on-ice session at the Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Halifax, Nov... (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby, center, laughs with Colorado Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon, second from right, during an on-ice session at the Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Halifax, Nov...
(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby laughs while speaking to reporters during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby laughs while speaking to reporters during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
(Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby speaks during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP). Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey player Sidney Crosby speaks during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

COLE HARBOR, Nova Scotia (AP) - Sidney Crosby said Wednesday he did not pay attention to those questioning whether he should continue playing hockey after suffering another concussion during the playoffs.

Crosby was too focused on capturing another Stanley Cup for his Pittsburgh Penguins to worry about outside opinions on his health.

"I don't really read or listen to that stuff during the playoffs," Crosby told reporters at his annual hockey camp in his hometown.

Crosby has suffered multiple concussions during his career, including one during Game 3 of the second round against Washington in May. He missed one game before returning for Game 5, prompting questions about whether he should consider retirement.

The Penguins went on to win a second straight Cup, defeating the Nashville Predators in the final.

Crosby said he understands why concussions generate so much controversy.

"It's a hot topic," he said. "That's the nature of it right now."

He said more information on how to deal with head injuries is becoming available all the time.

"You have to continue to listen to your body to make sure before you go back that you're good to go," he said. "There's things in place to help with that."

Crosby's camp for boys and girls age 9-12 benefits his foundation for underprivileged kids.

Crosby stopped by the camp Wednesday to help instruct some players, donning a navy blue jacket and ball cap, both emblazoned with his hockey school's logo.

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