NASHVILLE — Sidney Crosby calmly walked through the bland, gray event level at Bridgestone Arena carrying 34 and a half pounds of silver. He shuffled through the hallways, finally reaching the narrow passageway that leads to the visitors locker room.
The best hockey player in the world right now was carrying the Stanley Cup, the most famous trophy in sports, waiting to celebrate with his teammates. But a crowd was gathered outside the Pittsburgh Penguins’ room. Politely and quietly, Crosby slowly made his way through the horde, careful not to bang into anyone.