Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/20/05 at 09:23 AM ET
There will be no Zen warriors Tues day in Pittsburgh; no scantily clad women in the locker room helping the athletes dress, at least none that we know of. Rather, when Alexander Ovechkin and the Caps visit Sidney Crosby and the Penguins that night in the first above-the-title matchup of the two marquee freshmen, it will be the new NHL's first big chance, for it will present the new NHL with a Magic-Bird moment, as in Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, two people who may have saved another pro sport two decades ago. Hey, Gary Bettman might even be able to identify. For the sake of everyone invested in the league, let's hope Bettman and the NHL do understand that. Let's hope the NHL understands that it has an obligation to promote each of the two magical kids equally, regardless of their respective birth places. Let's hope the NHL understands how important each one of these rookies is to the league's future.
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