There's been some anti-Crosby backlash in some hockey markets and some people would like to think he's not a nice kid. Given the amount of pressure he's under and how much he time he spends dealing with the media and fans I think he's remarkably patient and extremely well grounded.
With the Penguins in town to play the Thrashers I had a chance to talk to him for a few seconds today and I told him a family friend from home wanted me to say hi to him on his behalf. As soon as I said the friend's name Sidney Crosby knew exactly who I was talking about. The kid meets thousands of people every year but without even mentioning the context of when he had met the friend of the family he knew who I meant.
"Sidney Smith wanted me to say hi to you for him."
"Yeah! Sid from PEI. Say hi to him back."
There was nothing fake about. He remembered golfing with Sid Smith at Brad Richards' charity tournament last summer.
I'd be fine with Crosby being held pointless tonight, but it's tough not to root for a kid like that. It's little wonder that he's leading the Eastern Conference in All-Star voting (Vote Hossa!).