Monday, March 1, 2010

Canada's Kid

Our Father, who art in Vancouver,
Hockey be thy name,
Thy will be done,
GOLD to be WON,
on ICE as well as
in the Nation.
Give us this day,
our hockey sticks,
and forgive us our penalties,
as we forgive those who crosscheck against us.
Lead us not into elimination,
but deliver us to victory,
in the name of the Father, the Son
and Hockey Canada...Amen


He began his career as a two-year old, playing hockey on his own in a Halifax basement.

He learned to skate by three.

By age seven, he gave his first newspaper interview.

This "Kid" also happens to be the youngest NHL player to ever:

- Record 100 points in a season.
- Record 200 career points (19 years and 207 days).
- Record 2 consecutive 100 point seasons.
- Suit up for the NHL All-Star Game.
- Win the Art Ross Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award.
- Be chosen to the First All-Star Team.
- Be named as a permanent team captain.

Nicknamed "The Next One", he was one of the most highly regarded draft picks in hockey history. Drafted first overall out of Rimouski, he more than lived up to the hype with a rare combination of skill and toughness, becoming the first NHL rookie to rack up 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in a season. By his second season, the "Kid" became the youngest player and the only teenager to win a scoring title in any major North American sports league. And after losing to the Detroit Red Wings in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup in 2009, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history to capture hockey's Holy Grail.

And last night in Vancouver, this "Kid" did it again.

After taking a pass from Jarome Iginla, and with a quick flick of his wrist at 7:40 of sudden-death overtime, Canada erupted in celebration from Cole Harbour to Coquitlam.

Prayers have been answered.

National honor preserved.

Canada survived one of the greatest games in Olympic history, beating the Americans 3-2 in overtime, thanks to a "Kid" who has always had a date with destiny.

Sidney Crosby has now taken his place alongside other national hockey heroes such as his Penguins team owner, Mario Lemieux — whose goal beat the Soviet Union in the 1987World Cup — and Paul Henderson, who scored the "Goal of the Century", to beat the Soviets at the 1972 Summit Series.

And today, an entire nation could not be more grateful or proud of the kid who always had faith in himself.


“I'm not trying to be the next Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux, ... I am putting pressure on myself to do my best and perform to my potential -- that's all I can do”

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