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Crosby makes “last minute” decision to attend NHL-NHLPA meeting in New York

Nov 6, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

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A quick but potentially interesting update on today’s collective bargaining session:

Sidney Crosby and Penguins teammate Craig Adams have made a “last minute” decision to attend the meeting, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The decision to attend was announced shortly after Crosby and Adams practiced with teammates at the Southpointe Iceoplex in Pittsburgh.

It’s an interesting turn of events given that, yesterday, Rossi reported Crosby’s only plan for Tuesday was to attend a Madonna concert:

Adams said he was “looking into flights to New York,” but had not committed to attending the Tuesday meeting. Penguins teammates at Southpointe on Monday — Crosby, Matt Cooke, Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz — said their plan was to practice again Tuesday and not attend the New York meeting.

Crosby, who along with Adams attended the last group negotiating session between the NHL and NHLPA in Toronto on Oct. 18, said he was unsure “who’s invited.”

Thus, he invited teammates and their significant others to join him in a private suite at Consol Energy Center for the Madonna concert.

“You don’t want to read into anything,” Crosby said of the Tuesday meeting.

Having both Crosby and Adams in attendance for Tuesday’s meeting is symbolic.

As one of the league’s biggest stars, Crosby has been front and center for a number of sessions — he, along with Jonathan Toews, flanked NHLPA boss Donald Fehr during media availability following last significant NHL-NHLPA meeting on Oct. 18.

The Harvard-educated Adams is a member of the NHLPA’s negotiating committee and Pittsburgh’s lone union representative.


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  1. isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    A Madonna concert? Really? Stories like this are a big part of why people like me hate sidney crosby and it’s not even his fault(his whining on ice is a different story), and i should just hate the guy who thinks writing about this is newsworthy. My conclusion, hockey needs to start so this genius doesn’t have to write about Sidney Crosby brushing his teeth in the morning next week

    • thailer35 - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:21 PM


    • chloescorgis53 - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      What the hell is wrong with Madonna? I am not a big fan, I prefer Disturbed or God Smack, but I’ve heard she puts on a very good show, and at her age, this might be the last time to see her on tour! She is not too old to still enjoy life, but she is getting a little to old to be a pop star. And at least he is helping the Consul Energy Center to take in some more money, while the Hockey Lock out continues. I think guys who hate Sidney, are just jealous, and are never going to like anything that he does. I love Sid, he is not perfect, but I don’t believe he deserves a lot of the petty put downs from Hockey Fans. I promise you that I really don’t like Giroxu or Hartnell, but I don’t take the opportunity to talk about what kind of douches they are everytime they are mentioned in a article. I have accepted that I will just have to put up with them. I don’t see why you can’t do the same for Sidney Crosby.

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:23 PM

      Lord what is wrong with you?
      Hate Sidney Crosby? What an idiot.

  2. lonespeed - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    [i]I must look smart and relevant. And yes. Important. I must look important. I had better go to the league meeting tomorrow. Yes. To the league meeting. Must look important. Must look relevant.[/i]

    “Mom?!?!?! Where’s my really cool tie? Not the Elmo tie. The one that makes me look all grown up?”

    • steelhammer92 - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:09 PM

      The face of the NHL is kind of important buddy… Not sure where you are going with this, but you sound like an idiot.

  3. bledalotofgreen - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    He is quite the material girl

  4. steelcity333 - Nov 6, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    I can’t defend going to a Madonna concert but all you morons just sound jealous that he’s not on your team. You guys are just embarrassing yourselves.

    • lamborginipercy12 - Nov 6, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      Why would anyone be jealous of having to blow a bunch of cash on a player count his goals from last year on his fingers? And that’s not counting thumbs. Crosby is probably just confused because he does the same thing in these meetings as he does during hockey games: sit around in a suit and be overrated.

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      Exactly! There isn’t a team in the past, present or future who wouldn’t want the best player in the NHL on their team. Just jealous freakin idiots!

  5. ironcity6pak - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    He makes all your teams look JV. Gotta love the 87 haters, still can’t pick their jaws off the ground when he scores on your silly goaltenders.

    • kellyb9 - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      … except in the playoffs last year.

      • killerpgh - Nov 6, 2012 at 9:03 PM

        You do realize he averaged over a point per game in the playoffs last year right?

  6. ducksk - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Like him or not, he IS the face of the league and him headed to meeting a good sign. You folks that Are so jealous of the kid need to get over it. Remember when 99 saved the game. Who do want as face of league? Ovi? T Thomas? How about jagr? Sid is the face of the league and has earned it like him or not. Wish he were my son, has millions, gorgeous girlfriend, a true captain, and more talent in his wrists than any of you Sid haters that never played the game have in tic tax toe. Thanksgiving on NBC u can enjoy his skills again.

    • blomfeld - Nov 6, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      Extremely well said Ducksk ! Yeah, can you imagine “big man” Ovi being the face of the league instead ? … “me want paycheck ! .. me stay in KHL !… me make score goal !” … good grief eh ? Anyway, my only really knock on Crosby are his FBI interviews. He’s gotta lighten up man and stop being so serious. It wouldn’t hurt him to start hanging out more with “cool” guys, say like Willie Mitchell and Drew Doughty for example.

    • nyrnashty - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Maybe in Canada he is the face of the league, but not in America. Non hockey people know Ovechkin (because he’s crazy), Kane (because he’s crazy) Lundqvist (because he’s a walking billboard model). You can’t push a player like Crosby when people still remember Gretzky just like you can’t push Lebron when people still remember Jordan.

      • nataliejaneg - Nov 7, 2012 at 2:49 PM

        If Ovechkin is the face of the NHL that’s one heck of an ugly looking league.

      • crosbysthebest - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        Sorry idiot! Crosby is the best and the face of hockey throughout the world. Ask that Ovi dirty ass cheater how many Stanley Cups he’s won!! Hello? Wake up!

  7. ducksk - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    He’s got a camera or phone camera or mic everywhere he goes. He’s been mentored by super Mario. Class but always on guard. How would are 18-23 yr olds handle that. I don’t want to know. Sid is the best hockey player in the world and a humble, yes, guarded dude. He realizes “to much is given, much is expected”. His presence at meeting in NY speaks unspoken volumes. Besides, my friend grew up next to Madonna and stole cigs from his dad when she was 11. Now that’s character!

  8. nyrnashty - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    You never hear about Crosby getting girls, he talks a little weird and now this concert? It’s not a bad thing if he is, but I really think he is haha! He will never admit it because he will be chased out of the sport, but I think he’s gay and I’m not trying to be a dick!

    • handsofsweed - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      Wow. You sound REALLY excited in your post. It’s almost like you’re hoping he’s gay. It’s not a bad thing if you are, I guess. You get in where you fit in, right?

      • crosbysthebest - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:32 PM

        Exactly! Facts are facts! Ask Ovi how many times he’s been kicked out of games for dirty hits, now ask Sid the same thing. Funny Ovi is nothing but embarrassing. Sid has never been thrown out idio a game. How many Stanley Cups does Ovi have? I think the answer is 0!! What is wrong with these people ducksk? Guess they have no clue about hockey.

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Better learn hockey first idiot! How ok’d are you 12?
      Proven fact, Sid is the best hockey player in the world, probably by the time he’s done he will surpass Mario and be the best ever. !

    • crosbysthebest - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Idiot! Learn hockey!

  9. ducksk - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Sorry to spoil ur Sid is gay and I hate him. I can assure u he is not. Not that it’s any of ur business if he was. Grow up.

    • nyrnashty - Nov 6, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      I don’t hate him I think he’s a good player!

  10. ducksk - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Sid not the face of NHL? In USA? Ask anyone on the street to name 1 hockey player…..u think they’d say Kane? Ovi? What u smokin? To bad he’s not on your team. Go head and hate him…..facts r facts.

  11. id4joey - Nov 6, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    OV or Crosby! Vote now.
    Thumbs up for OV and thumbs down for Crosby

    553(GP) 339(G) 340(A) 679(PTS)
    Rookie of the year
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    Alexander Ovechkin, while golfing for the very first time at the Washington Capitals annual charity golf tournament, unbelievably shot a hole-in-one.
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    434(GP) 223(G) 386(A) 609(PTS)
    Named captain of the Penguins, making him the youngest captain in NHL history
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    Youngest player in NHL history to record a 100-point season.
    First rookie to record 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in a single season.
    Named to NHL All-Rookie Team.
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    Crosby wins the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer, with 36 goals and 84 assists for 120 points. At 19, he is the youngest scoring champ in NHL history.
    Wins the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. He is the second-youngest to ever win the Hart, after Wayne Gretzky
    Named to the NHL First All-Star team, the youngest player ever to be so named.

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