Too much writing. That was Crosby’s takeaway from his recent college course, which he found through the NHL Players’ Association and studied via Southern New Hampshire University.
“I’d call my sister (Taylor) and be like, ‘Do you know how to do a works-cited page on Microsoft Word?’ ” Crosby explained. “She had to help me, but it was cool. You interact with other students. Every other student would read your papers. You would read their papers and comment on it.”
The reading wasn’t difficult, Crosby said, often being handled on flights or in hotel rooms on the road. The crunch came when it was time to write a paper while Crosby was consumed with hockey.
“The material was easy, because you’re traveling and you can read,” Crosby said. “If you have to write a paper and it’s not coming that quickly and you don’t have that much time, you don’t enjoy it as much. You’re just trying to get it done.
“It was nine years since I had done anything school-related. It was a pretty big wakeup call.”
Crosby’s final exam was writing a paper on the influence of radar in World War II.
“We had a way better radar detection than Germany,” Crosby said.
His love of history and quest for knowledge dates to Crosby’s childhood, when he would volunteer at a hospital for veterans where his aunt worked.
“A lot of guys didn’t want to talk about (their service) as much,” Crosby said while driving past Citadel Hill, a historic site in downtown Halifax. “But there were some guys who loved talking about it. It was pretty interesting.”
david rundblad is a such a cutie pie just look at him he is one adorable mass of beauty and idc that he’s swedish we should all petition for him to be a national treasure because that’s what he really is
I know what it meant to me when I was younger. It meant a lot for me to see other black players in the NHL and think it is possible for me to play in the league. I think if kids want to be NHL players, no matter what their background is, they should have that opportunity. I’m proud to be a black NHL player. I have had parents of children who are minorities tell me their kids really look up to me and that makes me proud. It’s an honor. I had my picture taken with Grant Fuhr in our baseball uniforms when I was nine and it meant so much for me. Kids would say to me there are no black players in the NHL and I would say, “Are you kidding me? Look at Grant Fuhr winning those Stanley Cups.” I want kids, no matter what their nationality or background, to dream big and think it’s possible. Don’t think about race, just go out and follow their dream.
When Carolyn and Merrin sent out the call for guest contributors, I knew that I wanted to write something, but I couldn’t settle on what. After reading Carolyn’s series on how the NHL fails at marketing, I decided to look into just how LGBTQIA-friendly each NHL team is. Marketing to the LGBTQIA community is a focused, concrete thing that these organizations should be able to do.
The good new is, every team has had at least one player do a You Can Play video. Though as far as I can tell, no NHL player has done one since Landeskog completed the set in January 2014. It’s like everyone decided they checked off that box, so no one needs to bother again.
Every team publicly apologizes for/condemns players who have said something homophobic/biphobic/transphobic in public. (Hello, bare minimum of human decency!) But what do teams do to indicate they are actually, publicly welcoming of LGBTQIA fans (and our money) and potential future players?
Messier is considered one of the greatest NHL players of all time. He won six Stanley Cups and is the only player to captain two different professional teams to championships. His playoff leadership while in New York, which ended a 54-year Stanley Cup drought in 1994, earned him the nickname “The Messiah.” [x]