Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby has turned down an invitation to join Team Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Germany.
Crosby, who was asked to replace the injured Ryan Smith on the roster, was invited hours after the Penguins Game 7 loss to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Crosby, who played in all but one of the Penguins' 95 games this season, also played for Canada in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, where he scored the game winning goal in overtime of the gold medal game.
Crosby's agent Pat Brisson gave Crosby's reasons for declining the offer to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette via text message. "At this time and after a long 24 months between [two Stanley Cup] finals and an [Olympic] gold medal, it's probably more appropriate to relax and recharge."
Canada, who advanced to the qualification round, will play Norway on Friday, and Sweden on Sunday.
With files from the Globe and Mail and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.