March 13, 2011
Sidney Crosby: Hall of Fame Worthy?
In case you missed it, last week extremely popular Toronto Fan 590 sports radio host Bob McCown reported that a family member of Sidney Crosby is urging the NHL superstar to retire. That sent out shockwaves across the hockey world regarding just how serious Crosby's concussion injury really is.
Of course, Crosby's parents and agent vehemently deny the story. But what a story that would be. The face of the game, Stanley Cup champion, Hart trophy winner, Olympic gold medalist and Canadian hero, forced to retire at the age of 23, half a season into his greatest campaign yet - a campaign that not only was on pace to be one of legends, but a campaign that saw him realizing his destiny as the greatest player in the game.
And just like that, the lights are turned off.
Admittedly this is way too premature, but my question today is - if Sidney Crosby was forced to retire now, would his career be enough to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame? And even if Crosby is able to come back, but, like Eric Lindros, is never the same player again? Does he get into the Hockey Hall of Fame under those circumstances?