The Kid: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL [NOOK Book]

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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 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. 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 set rookie ...

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Overview

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 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. 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 set rookie scoring records while the team loses and is forced to fire its coach. 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 already is the man.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“…a riveting documentary of a player who transcends his sport.”
Montreal Gazette

“ an excellent inside look at Cole Harbour’s hockey sensation during his first year ....”
The Chronicle Herald

"His first NHL season, her first book: Sidney Crosby and Shawna Richer both had splendid years. The Globe and Mail writer captures Crosby's rookie year in Pittsburgh, dripping with narrative and nuance, with the practiced eye of a seasoned foreign correspondent."
— Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated

"Sidney Crosby was never going to be just another hockey player, and The Rookie isn't just another hockey book. Thanks to Shawna Richer's terrific eyes and ears — as well as her deft touch around a keyboard — we're treated to an insider's view not only of one of the game's future stars, but of the game itself. And from here, both look pretty damn good."
— Chris Jones, Esquire Magazine

“The most interesting assignment of the year in sports journalism — wall-to-wall coverage of Penguins rookie phenom Sidney Crosby.”
Sports Illustrated

“If we really wanted to penetrate the life and times of a great player, and through him understand hockey . . . we had to be there for all those serendipitous moments of meaning.”
— Edward Greenspon, Globe and Mail

"Leave it to two Atlantic Canadians to be the stars of a book: Sidney Crosby the athlete, Shawna Richer the gifted writer.  To paraphrase Roy MacGregor's words in the forward which rung true throughout: Shawna has an ability to draw an athlete out to reveal inner thoughts.  Something the rest of us can only envy.  A wonderful documentation of what happened on the ice and what went on the head of this dedicated player at the rink and away from it." 
—Mike Emrick, NHL on NBC

From the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617499104
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 426,575
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Shawna Richer is a national correspondent and Atlantic Canada bureau chief at the Globe and Mail based in Halifax. She joined Canada's national newspaper in 1997 as a sportswriter in Toronto and Montreal, where she covered professional football, hockey, baseball, and basketball. Her sportswriting has also appeared in the New York Times. She lives in Chester, Nova Scotia. Roy MacGregor is a columnist for the Globe and Mail who has won numerous awards for his journalism, including two National Newspaper Awards. He is the author of nearly 40 books, including Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey. He lives in Kanata, Ontario.
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The Arrival

It was a great day for hockey.

The National Hockey League entry draft held July 30, 2005, on a warm summer afternoon in downtown Ottawa was the most celebrated and significant selection day held in several decades. At the same time it was entirely anti-­climactic.

Hastily arranged after the nhl owners and players reached a deal to end an acrimonious 310-­day lockout that forced cancellation of the 2004-­2005 season, the draft starred the most desirable young hockey player to come along since Mario Lemieux had arrived on the scene in 1984. A teenaged boy from a small village on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia was a lock to be the number one pick.

His name was Sidney Crosby. He had tousled dark hair and an abundant cowlick, bee-­stung lips, a generous, toothy grin, and in most lights he resembled exactly what he was — a boy still sixteen days shy of his eighteenth birthday. For someone who had not yet played a single shift of professional hockey, he was already remarkably famous.

Several seasons before the ugly labour dispute shut down Canada’s beloved pastime, the 2005 nhl draft became billed as the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes. For years, his childhood scoring prowess had been widely known throughout the Maritimes. He was thrust into the national spotlight at the age of fourteen after a remarkable mvp performance in what was then called the Air Canada Cup, the country’s championship tournament for midget-­aged players, in April 2002. Crosby went on to set records in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Rimouski Oceanic — his 135 points as a sixteen-­year-­old was the most by a player that age in the Quebec league’s history and second in Canadian Hockey League history, behind only Wayne Gretzky’s 182 points with Sault Ste. Marie in 1977-­1978. In what had become the most often repeated tale of his young life so far, Crosby’s reputation was bolstered even further when Gretzky himself told a sportswriter with the Arizona Republic that the Canadian youngster was the only player he had ever seen who had a shot at breaking his own numerous nhl scoring records.

The draft order had been set a week earlier, but even before that Crosby had eagerly promised to don the sweater of whichever team selected him. That he would play in the nhl was a highly anticipated certainty, one of the few things about the league’s return to action that autumn that was predictable. This draft, even more than the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement by the National Hockey League Players’ Association and its subsequent unanimous acceptance by the league’s thirty owners, marked the return of hockey and the birth of the nhl’s renaissance. Sidney’s arrival in the nhl ­didn’t just coincide with hockey’s homecoming, it more or less launched it.

The league was desperately in need of a saviour, a gifted, gracious poster boy who could help repair the widespread damage caused by the previous season’s strike and the flood of negative publicity that ensued. Crosby had already been christened the Next One, just as several other players, chiefly Eric Lindros and Joe Thornton, had been at one time. But already Crosby seemed different from those who had come before.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Roy MacGregor     ix
Acknowledgments     xvi
The Arrival     1
The Crosby Show     19
Born to Play Hockey     44
Under a Penguin's Wing     57
Rough Start     75
A Dream Come True     88
The Flyers     103
The Other Rookie     121
Grey December     130
Heart Break     137
A Fresh Start     149
The Olympics     163
Backlash     175
Oh Canada     190
Groaning Pains     203
New Year's Leave     219
Au Revoir, Le Magnifique     228
Lessons in Losing     237
The Kids Are All Right     252
Chasing 100     264
Following Sidney Crosby     277
Epilogue     292
What a Difference a Year Makes     300
The Pittsburgh Penguins 2005-2006     328
Sidney Crosby's Season Game-by-Game Results     336
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

    WHATS UR FAVE TEAM REPLY TO LANAY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    He's awesome

    Sidney Crosbey is the best player in the NHL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Sid is the best

    Sid is the best NHL player

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Shut up is that you wow you are very good

    Hi
    And im stupid

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Re: I WONDER....

    Probably not. If it is, we need more proof than his number and his nae which is spelt wrong for goodness sake

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    I WONDER IF THAT'S REALLY SIDNEY CROSBY.  He probably spelled hi

    I WONDER IF THAT'S REALLY SIDNEY CROSBY. 
    He probably spelled his name wrong twice to throw people off and make them not think it is

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Hey

    Hey guys its Sidney Crosbey. I just wanted to tank youcfor your support throubgh all my games (good and bad) and the lockout. I am so happy I have atleaste some fans. You guys rock and keep loving me
    Yorurs truely #87 Sidney Crosbey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    Omggggggg

    I think im falling for sidney!!!!! Hahaha hes beast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Sid is the bomb

    Crosby is my favorite player and if he did not join the nhl i would not like the nhl

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