Tim Thomas, Sidney Crosby and the NHL's 10 Most Intriguing People of 2011

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Tim Thomas, Sidney Crosby and the NHL's 10 Most Intriguing People of 2011
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As 2011 comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the many people and moments that kept fans enthralled.

The year began with the game's biggest star sustaining a head injury that still threatens his career. Player safety became the NHL's biggest concern as a new sheriff was appointed to help clean up the game. 

We saw a 37-year-old goaltender, once thought of as a career minor leaguer, steal the show on the games biggest stage. A Hart Trophy candidate emerged out of the Golden State, and sadly in the offseason, three players lost their lives.

It was a year that left players, management and fans asking questions about the game's future. All in all, it was an amazing ride.

Let's take a look at the people that contributed mightily to the year that was. 

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