Sidney Crosby vs. Mario Lemieux: Comparing Pittsburgh’s Saviors

June 29th, 2010 by Laura Falcon Leave a reply »
It's a comparison that began even before Sidney Crosby's name was called first overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

Sidney Crosby vs. Mario Lemieux.

The Next One vs. the Magnificent One.

These are two different players that excelled in two different times of hockey, yet together, they represent the best Pittsburgh has to offer not just in hockey, but all Pittsburgh sports.

They happen to be the reason why the Penguins were able to keep their home in Pittsburgh.

They also happen to be a lot of fun to watch on the ice.

After record breaking junior seasons, Lemieux was the highly-tooted number one draft pick in 1984 and found himself in the dying franchise of Pittsburgh.

At the time, the bankrupt Penguins were averaging roughly 7,000 fans per game at the Civic Arena. This was less than half capacity.

But when Lemieux scored on his first shot of his first shift in his first NHL game against the Boston Bruins, the people of Pittsburgh could see that they were watching someone special.

Lemieux ended his rookie season with a Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year, after setting a fran ...

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