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Final shifts for '09, a boy's childhood

Updated: January 5, 2010, 3:40 PM ET
By John Buccigross | ESPN.com

This is Jack, 9 years old and looking out over the Grand Canyon on a picture-perfect Arizona day in late April.

Jack owns Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin T-shirts just like the Sidney Crosby one he is wearing in the picture; they are the three most compelling players in the NHL today and were the first-, second- and third-leading goal scorers, respectively, this past season.

Jack also has a Brian Gionta shirt because he saw a New Jersey Devils game at the new rink last year, ...

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