Crosby’s Impact on the NHL at-large
November 10, 2008 by Big Tony
When is an injury more than just an injury? When it happens to Sidney Crosby. On Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes the Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar suffered what has been reported only as an upper body injury, which has him listed as day-to-day. Crosby’s injury is a big loss for the Penguins because he is their best player as well as their on and off-ice leader. For the league as a whole he is so much more than a dynamic player—arguably the best in the world—but he is their most marketable person and the key to their commercial success in the United States. He sells merchandise and does wonders for national TV ratings in the U.S., that much is a given. Beyond that though is his ability to go on road trips to places that can barely keep decent attendance and draw sell-out crowds. Crosby is the type of player who people come to watch who barely care about hockey in general but sit in their seats or turn on the TV and watch in awe of everything he can do. The man changes casual fans into consistent hockey fans and I think his positive influence on the league cannot be overstated; so we can only hope that Crosby’s injury is minor and the league is not without him for a long stretch two-years in a row.