Several of the Detroit Red Wings took Sidney Crosby’s hand shake line snub personal on Friday night, after he and the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup.
Take a look at the Detroit Red Wings roster however, and you will see a team that has won numerous times in the past, and have the history and respect for every aspect of the game. They have enough seasoned veterans to keep the young players in check.
The point of the matter is the new class of players, which include Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin – players who celebrate with youthful exuberance every time they score or reach an accomplishment.
At 21 years old, Sid the kid became the youngest captain to guide his team to a championship. And he is exactly that, he is still a kid – living the dream. For his very short life span, he has done what many would give anything for, to play for and win, at every level; to play in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals – and has now had the ability to lift 40 pounds of the most historic and treasured metal in hockey.
As the final seconds wained away in Detroit, the passion level for hockey in Sidney Crosby rose as high as the pain level in his knee. When the horn sounded, Detroit wanted to get off the ice as fast as possible, and Sidney Crosby wanted to celebrate as much as humanly possible. He eventually leveled off and realized that he should have been in the handshake line, and made his way over there. It is not his fault that the Detroit players had already gone on to the dressing room.
Sidney Crosby did not intentionally snub the dynasty worthy Detroit Red Wings, but he should use this media coverage of the incident as a learning exercise – so that in the future, he can assure management that future Cup wins will be met with the grace and poise of seasoned veterans and winners.