Another Bandwagon, CROSBY BASHING!


With the Stanley Cup in full swing and the playoffs down to just four remaining teams, it would make sense that even with his team out of the playoffs that the “Lets Bash Crosby” bandwagon would still be in full effect.

Heck, let’s ignore the fact that the Blackhawks have a two game lead over the number one team in the league, or that the Habs just came back in a huge way against the Flyers with a 5-1 win tonight.

Instead, let’s do what hockey fans do best and bash on a young talent who has done nothing but give his heart and soul to the NHL, Canada and hockey fans across North America.

The kid is just 23 years old and this is what his resume looks like:

  • Silver World Junior Medal (2004)
  • Gold World Junior Medal (2005)
  • Art Ross Trophy (2007)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy (2007)
  • Lester B. Pearson Award (2007)
  • Stanley Cup Finals (2008/2009)
  • Stanley Cup Ring (2009)
  • Olympic Gold Medal (2010)
  • Rocket Richard Trophy (2010)

I won’t get into the countless records he’s also broken, but in his first five  years in the NHL he has played 371 games, scored 183 goals, made 323 assists and in total has 506 points.

But somehow fans still find the need to bash on the Canadian Hero who won  helped make the dream possible in Vancouver and win the country Olympic Gold.

When groups like the IIHF come out and bash Sidney Crosby for not going to their World Championship, it’s clearly not about the hockey. The IIHF World Championship has only ever drawn North American attention when it is hosted in North America, without big names coming to play when it is held overseas they lose out. I can only assume this is the reason for their recent media temper tantrum.

As sports fans we need to understand that athletes are human too and they need time to recover, relax and refocus. In the last 12 months he has won the Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and the Rocket Richard trophy, not to mention six rounds in the NHL playoffs (losing just one matchup).

Sid will win Canada plenty more Gold at the international stage and hopefully add to his already overfull trophy case, so give the kid a break and let him enjoy  summer off.

While you’re at it, how about we focus on hockey that’s being played and enjoy a playoffs that has been full of excitement, upsets and big games.

**Editors Note: The IIHF has since come out and apologize for including Sidney Crosby in their press release bashing players for not coming to the IIHF championship.

Henry Whitfield is an avid sports fan who covers everything and anything in the sports world, while focusing on hockey and football. Follow him on twitter @HenryWhitfield.

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4 comments

  1. the thing is, i always compare everything back to soccer. if you turn your back on your country for any reason other than injury (or something serious, like a death in the family), then your international career is over. so like, yeah you’re tired, but you should at the same time be proud to play for your country whenever they need you, not whenever you want to. over half of russia’s world team are olympians, yes they want to save face cause of a terrible olympics, but they showed up didn’t they? that’s how i feel at least, you should be proud to play for your country.

    1. @Cliff: I think it’s completely different with Soccer Football due to how the international game is played and is governed. Football is united by FIFA and regulated by them, and thus the World Cup and European Cup, African Nations etc are all included in many domestic league schedules and accounted for.

      In Hockey the IIHF has no control over the K-League, NHL or the other leagues across Europe and as such they throw a World Championship ever year and during the NHL Playoffs.

      Could you imagine if FIFA put their World Cup during the final month of the EPL? Or during the Champions League final? It would be ludacris and NO ONE would criticise players who played for their club.

      Sorry bud, but I don’t think the two are comparable at all.

  2. I agree with you. The part that bugs me the most is the number of Canadians that have taken the “crosby sucks” mentality before and after the olympics, many of which don’t watch him play and just hear people call him a whiner and as such form that opinion. Although you do see the other side of this with people that have never watched a game being fully in love with him. He plays and emotional game but in after game interviews he is very modest and does not whine. He is clearly one of the best in the game, if you want a whiner look at carcillo

    He just won a gold medal for the country a few months ago, give him a break. Even if Crosby had gone I don’t believe it would have changed the result of the Russia game

  3. Look, I get it. In an Olympic year, there’s obviously more games played and those games are nailbitters and basically elimination games. Then you have the Stanley Cup playoffs, which operate in a similar way. In both situations, you play your asses off, and I’d argue that in the Olympics (especially this year), are a bit more important than the Cup. When the team gets eliminated from playoffs, they want to enjoy some of their life – they are people after all!

    I’d like to see the IIHF pass a rule that says if you’re in the playoffs for your pro team, you can’t play in the Worlds.

    That would solve this problem wouldn’t it?

    Meaning from the original roster, I’d drop Mason Raymond, Matt Duchene, Tyler Myers, Kyle Cumiskey, Brooks Laich, and Ryan Smyth. I’d also drop Steve Ott, Steve Downie and Rich Peverley too.

    I’d replace them with any of the following:
    Brad Richards, Andy MacDonald, Brad Boyes, Dion Phaneuf, Mike Riberio, James Neal, Antoine Vermette, Nathan Horton, Jay Bowmeester, Andrew Brunette, Dustin Penner, Eric Brewer/Carlo Coliacavo, or Vinnie/Marty

    Goaltending, I’d give it to Josh Harding backing up Giggy.

    On a side note, I’d just like to talk to Russia for a minute – Hey guys, its a smart move to start stuff with Steve Downie, a guy who’s 3rd in penalty minutes this year

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