How many people outside of Caps fans and fantasy hockey players knew who David Steckel was before his hit in Crosby at the Winter Classic? To me if you aren't a Caps fan, and you weren't worried about face-off wins in fantasy Steckel might be an unknown. I would say that most likely Crosby's concussion was due to a combination of the Steckel hit and the hit by who over hit him in his next game. I say "who ever hit him in his next game", because I don't even remember who it was. I haven't gone a day since Crosby's concussion without hearing Steckel's name associated with Crosby on the NHL Network.
I just did some research and now know it was Victor Hedman, but still, when you hear the Crosby concussion talks, it always seems to go back to Steckel.
So why does Steckel get all of the discussion on this one and people seem to have forgotten about Hedman? Is it because the Caps are the bigger rivalry, because the Steckel hit was most likely the cause, because people like me can't remember who hit Crosby in the next game, or a little bit of each?
I posted this on another forum and it turned into a "because Stecekel did it" thread. To avoid that from happening, let me add this:
Let's assume Steckel's hit was the one that gave Crosby the concussion or at least concussion-like symptoms. Why did the Pens training/medical staff allow him to play in the next game? Perhaps Steckel was the load on the camel's back and Hedman was the straw that sent the camel crashing. If Steckels hit was the big one, Crosby should have never set foot on the ice for the next game.