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Loathe him if you must, but there is a lot to love about Penguins' Crosby

Loathe him if you must, but there is a lot to love about Penguins' Crosby

Sidney Crosby has inspired extreme emotions among hockey fans since the Pittsburgh Penguins won the post-lockout draft lottery in 2005 and chose him first overall, fueling their rise from the dregs to a model franchise that on Sunday can win its second straight Stanley Cup championship.

Much of the criticism stems from jealousy among fans whose teams have been embarrassed by Crosby or the Penguins while he won two scoring titles, two most valuable player awards, two Rocket Richard trophies as the league’s top goalscorer, and led the Penguins to the Cup in 2009 and 2016. It didn’t help that early in his career he often complained to the officials, flouting hockey’s prized principle...

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