Time flies for Crosby

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

LONDON -- Sidney Crosby acknowledged there was a different feel to the Rimouski Oceanic practice yesterday at the Western Fair.

Crosby, who will be the No. 1 pick in the next NHL draft, knows the skate before the noon hour was his last on-ice workout at the major junior level.

"It was a little weird," Crosby said. "You want to be focused, but in the back of your mind, you knew it was probably the last one. It was not the same feeling as any other practice."

NEARING THE END

Whether Crosby's two-year junior career concludes today or tomorrow, there is no question regarding his impact. Even if the Oceanic doesn't win the Memorial Cup, Crosby, who will be 18 on Aug. 7, has had a glorious time in junior. He became the first player, at 16 and 17 no less, to win the Canadian Hockey League player of the year award in consecutive seasons. He has a gold medal from the world junior, a Quebec league title and he racked up 303 points in just 121 regular-season matches in two seasons.

After the Cup, Crosby will bus back to Rimouski with his teammates. He will be in Toronto next weekend for the annual NHL scouting combine, where prospects are put through vigorous physical tests and have interviews with NHL clubs. Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said 10 teams have lined up to interview Crosby.

"It seems like yesterday we were going to Val D'Or for the (Quebec league) draft," Troy Crosby, Sidney's dad, said. "It has flown by. I knew he had potential to have a good start in junior at 16, but there were no predictions of some of this stuff. Hopefully he can keep going for another 15 or 20 years."


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