Can you believe at one time people actually tried to compare Alexander Ovechkin to Sidney Crosby. It almost seems laughable these days as Crosby has shed the boy wonder persona and grown into a natural leader both on and off ice.
Crosby's transformation seemed to take off with the Penguins Stanley Cup win last season. Sid the Kid seems like a distant memory as Crosby has turned the page on that part of his career.
The latest evidence comes via a report in the Toronto Star <url>http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nhl/article/714730--cox-when-crosby-speaks-nhlpa-listens</url>
Now anyone that pays close attention to the NHL knows that the NHLPA has been running itself into the ground with one poor decision after another since the lockout from 2005 ended and hockey resumed.
When Paul Kelley was fired at three am in a Chicago hotel as NHLPA executive director and nobody was talking it was Sidney Crosby who spoke up and demanded answers from those involved.
If this latest story is true then it appears that on top of everything else Sidney Crosby has had enough of the cloak and dagger NHLPA bull**** and has taken matters into his own hands.
If that proves to be the case then I have no doubt the NHLPA is a better place today than it was yesterday. Sidney Crosby is a pitbull and when he sets his mind towards accomplishing something, you can be damn sure he doesn't stop until the job is done.
It would be so easy for Sidney Crosby to keep quiet and collect his millions. Rest assured that players like Crosby, Malkin and Ovechkin will get their money no matter what happens with the NHLPA.
Yet Crosby recognizes that not every player is so lucky. He realizes that a strong and healthy NHLPA is neccesary to protect the other 90 percent of current players and the throngs of players that came before them and have since retired.
Kudos to Crosby for getting involved and not just being a bystander while the fate of the PA hangs in the balance. There are some hard questions that need to be asked regarding the conduct of the NHLPA over the past few months and its reassuring to see a player of Crosby's stature standing up and taking the lead.
What is Mr. Ovechkin championing these days? NHL participation in the 2014 Olympics. Make sense I guess, Ovie already has his money right?