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Hardcover The Rookie: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL Book

ISBN: 1572439181

ISBN13: 9781572439184

The Rookie: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL

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A Season with Sidney Crosby and the New NHL. A gripping account of the rookie season of the NHL's next great saviour. When Sidney Crosby was first drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins, we knew he was... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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5 ratings

Awesome book on Sid

This book is great. I really enjoyed reading about some of the behind the scenes and locker room stuff that was going on during Sid's first NHL season.

A decent read for a Penguins fan

Obtained and read The Kid over Christmas break. While I can do without the "Hockey is Canada; Canada is hockey" elements of the book, it was a fast and fun read. I came away from the book with both a better sense of who Sidney Crosby is as a person and a sadness at the witness the book plays to age catching up with the magnificent Mario Lemieux. This book would make a good gift for a fan of the Penguins, or hockey in general.

One of the better hockey biographies - and a great subject!

I have read a lot of biographies about hockey players, including Sidney Crosby, and while most are informational, few are what you might call "page turners". The Rookie is a suprising exception to that! Richer has done a wonderful job of bringing Sidney's amazing early career to life with the perfect mix of hockey detail and personal account. Some books of this type present material that is second- or third-hand at best but Richer committed to getting the real story first-hand. Her balanced approach to Sid's meteoric rookie season will appeal to hard-core hockey enthusiasts, devoted Sid the Kid fans, and curious people watchers all.

Good, easy read.

An objective review of this book from me is impossible. But a fair one, the book more than deserves. Late in the text, Ms. Richer gives a speech, or at least an anecdote, some advice she was given as she wrote this book, on objectivity in writing: "But objectivity ... is not necessarily a worthy goal. To be objective in the literal sense would be to remove all emotion from the coverage, and sportswriting at its best can only be worthwhile by embracing and exposing emotion and all the things that fuel it. Fairness ... is the tone you want to strive for." So I give Ms. Richer and her book a fair deal, but not an objective one, as I am emotionally attached to the subject matter. I lived in Pittsburgh for over 30 years and am a die-hard Penguin fan. I know the entire cast of characters in this book, what they look and sound like, including the indefatigueable Tom McMillan, Penguins Vice President of Communication, who is a major player in the story. I can hear Mike Lange's voice calling out the plays, and Phil Bourque's commentary, on the air or not. I can picture the Igloo (the Pens' home arena) with snow on it, or the rolling hills of Upper St. Clair (Ryan Malone's home neighborhood). From Molinari to Mario, Sewickley to the Steelhead Grill, whether you are from Pittsburgh or not, you too will settle into this story as if you were hearing it from a friend in your own neighborhood. Shawna Richer gained the enviable assignment of chronicling Sidney Crosby's first year in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins. This is a significant season for two reasons - Sidney Crosby is not just another hockey player, and this wasn't just the mere beginning of another hockey season. Crosby, a native of Nova Scotia, was the most anticipated rookie since 1984, when Mario Lemieux was taken first overall (also) by the Penguins, the same draft in which Crosby's father was selected. The NHL was also making a debut of sorts. After an owners' lockout of the players had cancelled the previous season in its entirety, the revamped league was back for business. A new collective bargaining agreement had finally been reached by the owners and the player's union. The owners had conceded to revenue sharing which would allow small market teams to survive financially. The players conceded to a salary cap, which would allow owners to survive financially. The league would benefit from the parity that this arrangement breeds - all 32 teams able to compete with each other, year after year. League executives restructured and reinforced the rule book during the unfortunate lull. Their intent was to free the game from the stifling "clutch and grab" style of defensive hockey and allow for a faster, more skilled, offensive game. Showcase the league's more talented players. Give the old fans something to cheer about, and try to lure new fans to the speed and grace of the game. As a player with "once-in-a-generation" ability, 18 year old Sidney Crosby would be s

Loved it.

This behind the scenes book about Crosby's struggling, but amazing rookie year is very well-written and interesting. However, I did find myself grimacing over recapping what a terrible season the Penguins had, but in the end I think it was a very fine read.
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