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03-08-2006, 08:58 AM
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Originally Posted by tytech
Ovechkin isn't north american. He's a hard sell to anyone outside washington. The guy can't even speak English. PR nightmare. Crosby "saviour of the pens" and "saviour of the new nhl". The story writes itself.
Yeah, I get that. But I think that's the "Inside the box" thinking that has kept this league down. You get the right PR people in their to sell the skill on ice over the skill in front of the camera maybe more people become interested in something they feel they're missing out on.

The funny thing about the Crosby story is it isn't writing itself and even in (or maybe because of) broken English Ovechkin comes off more down to earth. I find myself rooting for him. He works so hard and is amazing to watch. Plus there's the stranger in a strange land and how he adapts angle that I think people would like to follow if they were just given the chance. Oh well.

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