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)
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.’
Rewatching the gold medal ceremony from this year's IIHF World Juniors.
I’m getting goosebumps watching Sweden celebrate with the Cup. Now I’m listening to them sing the national anthem. Some can sing…and some just can’t :P But that’s okay. They’re professional hockey players, I don’t expect them to be amazing at anything but hockey.