'Youth' no longer excuse for Ovie, others

Updated: October 1, 2009, 5:40 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In a summer dominated by the ridiculous (the middle-of-the-night firing of NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly) and the mega-ridiculous (the ongoing battle over the Phoenix Coyotes and the resignation of coach Wayne Gretzky last week), we take away one image from this summer that is, we hope, a talisman for a better day.

It was a brilliant Saturday evening in early August near Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. At the side of Sidney Crosby's lake house, away from the family and friends who ...

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