TheLeafsNation Top 25 of 2020: #8 — How NHL superstar Sidney Crosby almost ended up in Toronto

Welcome to the yearly wrap up of the top read articles over the last year!
While it wasn’t Sidney Crosby almost landing with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he nearly was playing out of Toronto in the mid-2000’s.
I wrote about it in an April 26th piece — one that became the eighth most-read article this year.
How NHL superstar Sidney Crosby almost ended up in Toronto

It all started in 2003 when Allan Howell and Dr. Nick Vaccaro tried to revive the World Hockey Association. The full-of-holes plan circled around a number of teams and two drafts.
Here’s some of what I wrote:
 in 2004, the league held two drafts: first, their amateur draft and second, their free-agent draft.
The first amateur selection went to the Toronto Maple Leafs, who took none other than the best major junior hockey player available — Sidney Crosby.
After the July 2004 draft, Crosby was offered a three-year, $7.5-million contract from Mario Frankovich, the owner of Hamilton’s franchise. Some confusion was abounded to say the least, given that Crosby was drafted by Toronto but yet Hamilton offered him a contract. Maybe this is why the WHA never took off…
Nonetheless, with a massive contract that …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

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