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Crosby has achieved so many personal accomplishments that it’s difficult to keep track. There are those three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, 12 individual NHL awards, World Cup of Hockey gold, IIHF World Championship gold and the list goes on and on and on.

Crosby has reached legendary status in the hockey world, and all before the age of 30. He’s been the face of the National Hockey League for the past decade, his visage appearing on posters, magazine covers, website, newspapers and television sets.

But regardless of his fame and stature, at heart he’s still just a kid from the middle-class town of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

not only do i want the penguins NOT to visit the white house this year, i also want them to give the most thinly veiled excuses possible when asked. like oh, sorry we can’t be at the white house… sidney’s got a cold… tanger is washing his hair that day… geno just forgot how to speak english… not that we’d expect his russian to be too much trouble for the current white house staff, but all the same, 

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“From the time I was little I always looked up to him, and I think he really was my best friend when I was growing up. To have him leave when I was so young, it was definitely very emotional.

He’s still, you know, a typical older brother, he teases me, but he’s definitely a teacher as well. Kinda like a dad, I guess, in that sense.

I get that he’s good at hockey, but I, you know, when he won the Stanley Cup I didn’t see the hockey player necessarily; I saw the little kid that I grew up with achieving his lifelong goal or dream.” - Taylor Crosby

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“I don’t think you’ll find a better personality in sports when it comes to being a good friend and being a supportive, positive teammate.”  Carl Hagelin on Marc-André Fleury

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When Pens winger Phil Kessel arrived at Ricoh Coliseum for Pittsburgh’s optional practice on Friday, he was met with a surprise.

Instead of finding his gear in a locker stall, it was set up on a chair outside of the locker room, complete with a case of Coke-a-Cola, cups for coffee, some signs and a big sign above it all reading “The Phil Zone.”

The prank was the brainchild of center Evgeni Malkin and head equipment manager Dana Heinze.

The backstory is this. On Thursday the Pens were playing against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. However, there were only 24 locker stalls available and 25 players in attendance.

Heinze approached Malkin out of respect and asked if he would mind being placed in a chair, since he was not playing that evening against the Devils. Malkin, of course, was fine with it.

Heinze set out to find “the nicest chair possible,” and set up his gear on the seat. As the team arrived for the morning skate, Kessel began chirping both Heinze and Malkin. He even tweeted a pic of the seat saying: “Pigeon couldn’t even get a regular stall.”

So Malkin and Heinze put their heads together for some payback.

“It wasn’t my idea. It was Dana. He said we need to answer,” Malkin said. “I wanted to answer today and Dana helped me.”

04/07/17: Phil Kessel gets pranked + Inside Scoop: Payback for Phil