Hot on the Heels of his selection in the NHL Entry Draft, young Sidney Crosby has gone Hollywood. Crosby who will play for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005-06 will trade barbs and backchecks with Jay Leno on Thursday night.
Crosby will appear on the Tonight show Thursday taking the opportunity to raise his profile and that of his sport in the media capital of the USA. While he's in California Crosby will sit down with the folks at Vanity Fair magazine for a bit of background on his junior years and the challenge of moving on up to the NHL.
The appearance of Crosby could be seen as the first positive bit of news for the NHL, finally giving the league a sense of forward momentum towards the new season. The booking also shows the benefit of the NHL's deal with NBC television who will be a television partner in the coming season.
On Thursday's show, Crosby will appear with singer Michael Penn and Rob Schneider of Deuce Bigalow Male (and now a European) Gigolo fame, here's hoping that Crosby scores more (on the ice) than the Deuce!