Opinion: There's Something About Sidney
By Stephen Daniel
November 24, 2008
In the hockey world, unless you have been living in a cave for the past five years, you have heard of a young man named Sidney Crosby... actually, you still may have heard that name in a cave. For the past half-decade, he has been the most highly publicized hockey player in the National Hockey League. There is no doubt, that he is the face of the NHL right now.
That being said, young, "El" Sid Crosby has faced much attention and scrutiny over the years. He shot pucks into a washer on the set of Jay Leno before he even set foot on NHL ice. He was the youngest player to receive the Lester B. Pearson award and youngest captain in NHL history. He was only second youngest (behind Wayne Gretzky) to win the Hart trophy, and he has been praised for his skill, leadership, and his overall work ethic. However, all of that comes with a price...
Young Sidney has received a great deal of hostility from opposing fans and even players. Fans boo and heckle
"What's so special about [
I think that if you take any player, even if he is "dead wood," and start promoting him, you'll get a star. Especially if he scores 100 points. No one is going to care about anyone else. No one is going to care whether he possesses great skill. Let's say you put someone in front of the net and let him deflect pucks in, and he scored 50 goals; everyone will say "Wow!" and then hand him a $10 million per year contract. That's what they like here."
This comes from a player who has been cast in the shadows under Alexander Ovechkin's "limelight". Maybe he wants some of that light to be shunning on him. In terms of spotlight, Alex Ovechkin and Sindey Crosby have a giant target on there back every single game, where Semin has not received nearly as much attention as those two players
So what makes
So it's the effort, intangibles, and defense that Sidney Crosby brings that makes him so special. This is important, people. Let's take the last game against
Finally, of all the NHL fans that don't like
If there is any player in the NHL that deserves his just do of how hard he plays, how respectable he is, and how much he contributes: both on and off the ice. To take this entire media attention and handle it the way he did at 18? Sidney Crosby deserves every bit of praise that he gets. He truly is an NHL superstar.
Thanks for reading, I am Stephen Daniel and I will be seeing Yinz, later!