The Rookie: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL

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Sidney Crosby has already been hailed as the NHL's next saviour. Young, bright, photgenic, personable and a media darling, the only question that remained was whether he could handle the big time. From an international advertising deal with Reebok to a season that seems to go from triumph to triumph, Sid the Kid has proven that he alreasdy is the man. In the tradition of A Season on the Brink and Peter Gzowksi's The Game of Our Lives, Shawna Richer has had the exclusive assignment of chronicling Sidney Crosby's incredible rookie season. Beginning with the NHL entry draft that alwmost never was, Richer follows Crosby to Pittsburgh, where he is greeted as the team's saviour and moves in with living legend Mario Lemieux. From there it's onto the ice, where the team's youngest player proves to be its best player day in and day out, staying on pace to se rookie scoring records while the team loses and is forced to first it's coach.

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When Sidney Crosby was first drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, we knew he was bright, photogenic, personable, and a media darling. The only question that remained was whether he could handle the big time. From an international advertising deal with Reebok to a season of personal triumphs and gut-wrenching challenges - with a little argument from Don Cherry along the way - Sid the Kid has proven that he already is the man. In the tradition of Peter Gzowski's The Game of Our Lives, Shawna Richer had the exclusive assignment of chronicling Sidney Crosby's incredible rookie season. Beginning with the NHL entry draft that almost never was, Richer follows Crosby to Pittsburgh, where he is greeted as the team's savior, and moves in with living legend Mario Lemieux. Just eighteen, the league's youngest player makes the leap to the NHL look easy and is named its best rookie in his first month, while performing under great expectations and intense scrutiny. He quickly becomes his team's leading scorer and best player; there are triumphant openings in New York, Toronto, and Montreal. But like Gretzky and Lemieux, the young superstars who came before him, his first NHL season provides immense challenges. The Penguins fire their coach early on and struggle to win games throughout the season, all with the threat hanging over their heads that the team may be sold and leave Pittsburgh. Crosby rises to ever challenge. His story is destined to become a classic.

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Shawna Richer of the Globe and Mail has had the exclusive assignment of following Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins during Crosby’s rookie season. Prior to this assignment she was the Globe’s Atlantic bureau chief, based in Halifax, where she first met and interviewed the Crosby family. She is based in Pittsburgh, while she follows Sidney’s rookie year.

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