POLL: Who You Got – Crosby or MacKinnon?
While there’s isn’t any high profile game actually in the Nova Scotia community Monday night, two of it’s native sons and most prominent residents will face off against one another for the first time when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche visit Sidney Crosby and his Pittsburgh Penguins. The game can be see live on TSN2 at 8:30 AT. Have your say below on who you’ll be cheering for.
Crosby has had the advantage an eight year professional head start over MacKinnon in winning over the hearts of local hockey fans. The Pittsburgh Penguins have become a popular choice among Nova Scotia hockey fans looking for a team to follow. Of course, bringing the Stanley Cup back for a parade certainly helps. Not to mention being the Olympic Gold Medal game winning goal scorer to boot and a string of other accolades along the way.
Despite the head start for Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon has been able to make a more direct impact to their hometown hockey tradition. Missing out on the opportunity years ago to have the local superstar Crosby, the Halifax Mooseheads weren’t going to make that mistake twice and acquired Nathan MacKinnon. Two outstanding seasons later and MacKinnon delivered Halifax its first Memorial Cup Championship, capturing the MVP award along the way. MacKinnon’s run in Halifax turned the tide of the franchise after years of lackluster performances and waning attendance. MacKinnon, along with Jonathan Drouin brought excitement back to the junior hockey circuit in town.
Both Crosby and MacKinnon have followed similar paths. Both attended Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School, both were the QMJHL First Overall picks, as well as NHL first overall picks. Cole Harbour, and by extension Halifax and the province of Nova Scotia have reveled in achievements of Crosby, while MacKinnon has had his own successes and done much of it playing for the hometown team.
The Colorado Avalanche have certainly gained in popularity in the region since drafting Nathan MacKinnon first overall, but it might take some time and further successes before they begin to rival that of the Penguins. Playing in the west could make it a bit more difficult for MacKinnon, but I can attest to the popularity that still exists for the Calgary Flames in the Port Hood, NS area from Al MacInnis’s time there. While I am sure most are proud of both and just hope that they always meet in the Stanley Cup finals, it will be interesting to see how the people of Cole Harbour and Halifax divide their loyalties.
I want to know what people are thinking on this. Especially those from the Halifax area, but I encourage everyone to vote.