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1) Russia’s Nikita Tryamkin, center, raises the bronze trophy next to Andrei Vasilevski, left, ( unidentified to the right) after winning the World Junior Hockey Championships bronze match against Canada at Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Ludvig Thunman/TT News Agency/AP)

2) Canada’s Derrick Pouliot, center, reacts with teammates after losing the World Junior Hockey Championships bronze match against Russia at Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (Ludvig Thunman/TT News Agency/AP)

3) Russia’s Vadim Khlopotov, right, hits the boards beside Canada’s Nic Petan during the World Junior Hockey Championships bronze match between Canada and Russia at Malmo Arena in Malmo, Sweden. (Ludvig Thunman/TT News Agency/AP)

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They met at a Hockey Canada practice for the World Junior Championship in December 2003. Crosby was 16. Fleury was 19, the most recent first overall pick, and had already played for the Penguins. They were relative strangers, Crosby said.  “Well, I knew he was the first pick,” Crosby said, smiling.

After that practice, Crosby shot pucks into an empty net as Fleury huddled with coaches. Crosby sauced a softie toward the cage.

“All of a sudden, ‘Flower’ took, like, five shuffle steps, dove and swatted it away,” Crosby said. “I was like, ‘He really doesn’t like getting scored on.’