What Are Sidney Crosby’s Obligations?

Larry Brooks has a very good column this Sunday. No, not just because it’s the first one where he doesn’t rip the Toronto Maple Leafs. He talks about a couple of issues, one I had no previous knowledge of.

“folks around the NHL sure would be interested in learning even one of No. 87’s reasons for rejecting David Letterman’s invitation to host his Top Ten while the Golden Boy was in New York this week.”

So, according to Brooks, Sidney Crosby elected not to appear on Letterman. This isn’t the first time Brooks ducked out of a major US appearance, allegedly having declined to appear on the Today show after the Stanley Cup Victory.

Brooks does mention that he can’t imagine the demands on Sid’s personal time. However, not knowing the reasons why these two major appearances were shot down one can only wonder. For all we know these types of appearances were requested at the last minute and Crosby was booked up. It’s not like the rest of us who would dump many of things for that type of request.

It does raise the question as to what type of obligations come with being the poster boy of the NHL. Should he have to drop everything whenever one of the big boys comes a calling? Is it fair to judge him for not wanting to be on Letterman? Would he also deny the chance of hosting Saturday Night Live if he were to be asked?

The thing that I would have loved for Brooks to suggest in his column is that perhaps the NHLPA should be pressing Sidney to appear at these gigs as they could help grow the game from an economic standpoint (I am saying that largely tongue in cheek).

Anyways, Brooks’s column raises a question as to what our the obligations of the star players in the NHL like Sidney Crosby.


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Al from Burlington
Al from Burlington
March 8, 2010 10:46 am

No surprise here really. Crosby is about as exciting as a Ken Dryden interview when he speaks, and rarely says anything other than cliche answers.
I just think this dude is very shy, and if the NHL is trying to make him the poster boy of the NHL they should sit down with him and make sure he is on board, and willing to accept the responsibilities that come with the spotlight.

Maybe they did, and he just thinks Letterman is a goofball.

March 8, 2010 11:26 am

Letterman is a shit. I wouldn’t want to do his “top 10” either. Try offering Sid an appearance on a show with a tiny amount of relevance to his generation and maybe he would be interested.

March 9, 2010 12:40 pm

If it was an interview spot it probably would have been a different story. But a top 10 list just messes up his schedule and doesn’t actually market the NHL so there’s not much point in doing it. I think the NHL would be pretty mad if he was asked to be a guest and turned it down, but not for this.

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