Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/02/06 at 11:11 AM ET
Sidney Crosby, the No. 1 National Hockey League draft pick from Nova Scotia, plays his first games in Canada as a professional this week, in Toronto and tomorrow in Montreal against the Canadiens. Family and friends are flocking to both sites. The upside to a trip to Toronto — widely considered the epicentre among NHL cities — is it guarantees enormous exposure. In an unusual move, the Penguins will bring their entire media-relations staff in order to handle the crush expected for Crosby. The less desirable side is that a Toronto stop often raises controversies, often exaggerated, and, in this case, fuelled by Cherry's national show Coach's Corner. "There's a lot of controversy with everything you do in Toronto," Therrien said last week in response to a question from a Toronto reporter about Crosby being appointed as an alternate captain. "There was no controversy in Pittsburgh. Eventually, this is going to be Sidney's team. I'm not afraid to say it."read on
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