May 30, 2005
Tired Crosby held in check
By TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

LONDON, Ont. -- Sidney Crosby had two words for the way he felt last night.

"Tired and disappointed," Crosby said to a throng of reporters following the Rimouski Oceanic's 4-0 loss to the London Knights in the Memorial Cup final. "It has been 10 months (since Crosby's season began when he attended the Canadian junior team's evaluation camp last summer) and we went the distance, as far as we could go, which was nice."

Crosby, 17, was held without a point for one of the few times this season, rendered ineffective by the tight checking of the Knights' Brandon Prust and Marc Methot.

"They limited space out there," Crosby said. "They do a good job of holding up. They knew what we could do with our speed and they slowed us right down. Give them credit, they did a good job.

'WHO KNOWS?'

"If we (score on some early chances), who knows? There are a lot of what-ifs, but the bottom line is they played a better hockey game."

What comes next for Crosby, hockey-wise, won't be written in stone until it's clear whether the NHL lockout extends into next season. If the lockout is over, Crosby will be picked first overall in the draft and begin his NHL career. If the lockout continues, Crosby would have several choices, including the American Hockey League (Toronto or Chicago have been mentioned as potential cities), Europe or the national men's team. His agent, Pat Brisson, has been adamant that Crosby will not be back with the Oceanic next season.

Crosby will attend the NHL scouting combine in Toronto this weekend and then he will finish school.

"In a couple of weeks, around June 15, we will get together and look at his options, when his head is clear and fresh," Brisson said. "He needs a break."

The game also marked the last one in junior for Knights star Corey Perry, who was a linemate of Crosby at the world junior last winter. Perry, an Anaheim Mighty Ducks prospect, is anticipating seeing Crosby on the NHL stage.

"He's going to be the next great one," said Perry, who was named tournament MVP. "He's only 17-years-old and it's amazing what he has gone through. He is such a tremendous player."


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