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by Paul on 12/21/11 at 03:52 PM ET
from Malcom Kelly of CBC Sports,
For the third year, a panel of CBC Sports executives, producers, writers and broadcasters has come up with a list of the people they consider the most influential on the national sports scene over the past 12 months….
1. Sidney Crosby, Injured List, Pittsburgh Penguins
When Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about the “shot heard round the world” in the opening stanza of the poem Concord Hymn in 1837, he was referring to the start of the American War of Independence 62 years previous.
Hockey isn’t quite as important as the birth of a nation, but you can argue the shot delivered by David Steckel to the head of Sidney Crosby just hours into 2011 may have not only changed the Pittsburgh captain’s own paradigm, but set the game itself on a path to what may be revolutionary changes.
Crosby has missed all but eight games in 2011 with concussion, and is out again for who knows how long.
At the same time, the discussion itself has changed, especially with the death this summer of three former NHL enforcers, to now include the possibility that the game of hockey as we know it could be altered.
Crosby is famous here in Canada for a coffee shop commercial where he says, “Wouldn’t it be amazing, getting up every morning … to do something you love to do?”
That he can’t is angering a lot of hockey people and making concussion — and the shots to the head that cause it — a cause celebre.
the rest of the Top 10…
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