Penguins, league hit jackpot with lottery

Updated: July 27, 2005, 6:24 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League can thank Craig Patrick's lucky four-leaf clover for helping to launch its renaissance in a dramatic and just fashion.

The Pittsburgh Penguins general manager visited St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York beforehand and then clutched a four-leaf clover in his palm during the NHL's unprecedented draft lottery yielding an unprecedented prospect in Sidney Crosby.

"I've had it for quite a while," Patrick said of the lucky charm. "I don't pull it out that ...

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