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via the CP at TSN,
Sidney Crosby’s missing stick and glove have been found.
Hockey Canada says Crosby’s missing Olympic equipment were misplaced rather than stolen.
Crosby’s stick was accidentally placed in a shipment bound for the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Russia, that ended up getting intercepted in Toronto.
And one of his gloves was put in a bag belonging to Patrice Bergeron, who sat beside him in the locker-room.
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Maybe Sidney Crosby is a fan of Jay’s or maybe he was upset at not being invited to Dave’s Super Bowl bash with Oprah, but folks around the NHL sure would be interested in learning even one of No. 87’s reasons for rejecting David Letterman’s invitation to host his Top Ten while the Golden Boy was in New York this week.
Upon learning of the snub, Slap Shots was told that this wasn’t the first time Crosby, who last year declined to appear on NBC’s “Today” show following Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup victory, had rejected a request from Letterman’s “Late Show.”
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from Jerry Green at the Detroit News,
So it was that Roenick, employed by NBC as hired mouth, who stated before last Sunday’s Canada-USA gold medal final: “This is the most important hockey game in history.”
He said it twice, to millions of viewers in the USA—a huge percentage watching a hockey game for the first time in their lives.
It was one of those frequent moments when I wanted to throw a brick through my television screen.
Jeremy Roenick was 2 years old in 1972, probably learning to skate on double runners. He did not have the privilege—the honor—of witnessing the most important hockey game in history.
This one was not for an Olympic gold medal. Rather it was a battle between diverse ways of life.
It was Democracy vs. Communism. During the heat of the Cold War.
Our guys against theirs in a battle of symbols….
In Michigan it was getting toward twilight. The TV flickered—and I sat in my family room transfixed. The Canadian telecast flowed across the border, over Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River.
And somehow, the boisterous cheering became international—reverberating across Lake St. Clair.
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC interviews Brian Burke and discusses both Team USA and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from Todd Davis of the Dallas Morning News,
Ken Hitchcock, the Stanley Cup-winning coach of the Dallas Stars for seven seasons, spoke with Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson of The Ticket’s Hardline after his stint as an assistant with Team Canada during the Olympics.
He was asked how winning the gold medal compares to a Stanley Cup.
“I’ve said this from Day 1, nothing compares to the Stanley Cup. This is a great award for the country; it’s a great award for Canada, but nothing compares to the Stanley Cup.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
It’s not the Hope Diamond, but the Crosby Reebok could still fetch a handsome reward for the person who has the stick used to score the golden goal for Canada in men’s hockey at the Winter Olympics last Sunday.
The stick Crosby flung in the air is missing, presumably snaffled by someone with access to the ice or dressing rooms at Hockey Canada Place in Vancouver.
While Hockey Canada searches diligently for the historic artifact, private collectors are salivating at the prospect the stick may somehow come into the market. Brian Logie is an historian of sticks who maintains one of the top private stick collections in his London, Ont., home.
from Peter Adler at the Cult of Hockey,
So, where were you when Sidney Crosby scored the gold medal-winning goal against the Americans? Eh?
When this kind of question was first asked following the November 22, 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, it made sense to a degree. The victim, after all, was the United States of America’s 35th president, and his premature death did have a bit of an impact on the rest of the world.
But no, Canada’s sports commentators, and even political pundits, now wax sentimentally how the Olympic games in Vancouver have changed Canada. Often, they don’t even bother to add that the change was for the better. That, they assume, is taken for granted.
Let us put the entire matter into context. Canadians, and their children, and their grandchildren even, are now stuck with a debt that won’t be paid off in less than 30 years. Now, that is a legacy if there ever was one.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN, S
idney Crosby’s gear has gone missing.
The man who scored Canada’s Golden Goal to win Olympic gold in Vancouver returned home without the stick and gloves he used to score them. Maybe his helmet, too, although we’re not quite sure on that just yet.
The good news is he did get his mouthguard back.
As soon as Crosby scored the game-winning goal in overtime, Crosby’s helmet, gloves, stick and mouthguard all ended up on the ice at the national celebration began. Actually, one of this gloves ended up in the end zone mesh netting above the glass.
When all was said and done, and the yard sale was cleaned up, it was believed both of Crosby’s gloves, including the one in the mesh, were put in a bin in the Team Canada dressing room area, as well as his stick.
“The biggest surprise to me is how everybody threw Marty Brodeur, the greatest goalie in the history of the game, under the bus and backed over him, and forward, backward, forward, backward. It’s the greatest goalie that’s ever played and it almost tarnished his career on one night. He didn’t have a good night, but part of that had to do with how well we pressured them.”
-Team USA Coach Ron Wilson. More Olympics talk from James Mirtle at the Globe and Mail.
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