Sidney Crosby is the first hockey superstar built from the skates up, and
Maclean's tells readers how. Also in this week's issue: from the Conrad
Black trial - How to undermine Radler's credibility; and an exclusive
excerpt from One Child At a Time: The Global Fight to Rescue Children
from Online Predators by Julian Sher.
TORONTO, April 13 /CNW/ - The pride of Cole Harbour, N.S., finished his
second season with a league-leading 120 points, a pace comparable to early
vintage Gretzky but in a league that - for all its crowing about a crackdown
on obstruction - remains much more defensively oriented than it was in the
mid-1980s. On March 2, he became the youngest player in history to reach 200
career points (19 years and 207 days - 147 fewer days than Gretzky), playing a
game so precise and disciplined that you can hardly tell it's revolutionary.
For Crosby, hockey is less about controlling the ice surface than controlling
the nine square feet around his skates.
"Crosby had to forego the very kind of romanticism that tends to infuse
ideas of how a star is made," writes Maclean's national correspondent Charlie
Gillis. While the Howes and Orrs who came before him plotted a course across
frozen ponds and backyard rinks, Crosby is a hothouse specimen, a player built
from the skates up to conquer a highly systematized game. Yes, nature supplied
the raw materials of strength, character, vision and unheard of motor skills.
But the assembly was performed by others - a hockey-playing father;
instructors at high performance hockey camps; coaches at the Minnesota prep
school he attended for a year.
But the grand experiment that began with a lumbering 13-year-old at a
P.E.I. hockey camp will ultimately be evaluated in sips of champagne from Lord
Stanley's mug. "And to get to that point," writes Gillis, "it's not just
wanting the puck that counts. It's what you do when you get it."
Read the full breakdown of the anatomy of a hockey wunderkind in this
Undermining Radler's credibility is harder than it sounds...
David Radler is a liar - The two sides in Conrad Black's ongoing criminal
trial don't agree on much, but they agree on that: the man who was Black's
right hand for more than 30 years is an accomplished dissembler of the first
degree. But even the most incorrigible liars have to tell the truth sometimes.
The trick is figuring out what and when to believe. Deputy Managing Editor
Steve Maich's analysis of Radler and the Conrad Black trial is in the issue of
Maclean's hitting newsstands starting today.
Also, be sure to catch the exclusive excerpt of One Child At a Time: The
Global Fight to Rescue Children from Online Predators by Julian Sher, in this
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