Monday, December 18, 2006

"Superstar status has already arrived for 19-year-old Sidney Crosby"

Yeah, Crosby and the Penguins were the feature on Hockey Night in Canada this past weekend against the Montreal Canadiens. It's too bad they basically got smoked after the first period. Crosby did OK, but the whole Power Play just sucked!

So, let's look at some better news and this article about His Crosbyness.


The chant started as soon as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins took the ice for their game-day skate on Saturday.

"Cros-by! Cros-by!" screeched a few hundred children in hockey jerseys from the upper reaches of the Bell Centre seats.

It is a phenomenon not seen since Wayne Gretzky's early years with the Edmonton Oilers that a visiting player draws that degree of adoration from young Montreal fans.

And it is one more sign that the superstardom long predicted for the 19-year-old from Cole Harbour, N.S. has indeed arrived.

"I grew up watching Montreal, and to see kids chanting my name in the rink, that's pretty fun to hear," said Crosby. "It means a lot."

The gifted centre came to town as the hottest player in the league. He piled up 10 points in two games this week to take a commanding lead in the league scoring race in only his second NHL season.

He is also leading in fan voting for the all-star game and two coaches, his own bench boss Michel Therrien and Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau, have already called him the best player in the league.

That may be a ton of pressure for most teenaged prodigies, but he was already living with a comment by Gretzky himself some years back that he may one day break the Great One's scoring records.

"I had a little bit of pressure before, so hopefully I can deal with it," he told a mob of reporters. "I'm just trying to do the same thing every night.

"Some nights, the puck goes in and other nights, it doesn't happen, so I'll take those nights when they come but I won't try to change anything."

You can read the full article here.

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