Is this an end of an era in the NHL?
After the cancelled 2004-05 season the NHL was in trouble.
Truth was not many fans in the US cared about hockey before the lockout and even fewer after. The sport needed something to draw in fans, a new star, a savior. They got two.
Sid the Kid and Ovi hit the ice and tore it up. Immediately the league had its new super stars. Both guys won the Hart (Ovi did it twice), both have won the Art Ross and Ovi has a Calder. It became a race to see who would win a cup first. Sid got his in ’09.
Now a few years later the two shining stars of the NHL are anything but. Crosby’s career is in doubt after a few injuries and Ovechkin is barely in the top 50 for points this season. What happened.
I hope they both turn it around. It had the makings of a long hard fought rivalry.
The NHL needs them and so does the hobby. These two guys saved hockey cards and helped establish the ultra high end market. Only Lebron James Exquisite patch/atuo rookie can rival Crosby’s the Cup patch/auto as far as value for a modern card.
If Crosby never plays again it will be up there as far as sports misfortunes go.