Disclaimer: This news piece is not-entirely-factual and is for entertainment purposes only!
TORONTO, ON - The NHL Players Association has decided to strike until Sidney Crosby's sprained ankle recovers. "The players see no reason to play the game until Sidney's ankle returns to the ice," Paul Kelly, NHLPA Executive Director, said Wednesday during a press conference in Toronto, "Sid's ankle is like a shining beacon of hope for the league during dark times."
Crosby's ankle collided awkwardly into the end boards during last Friday's game against the Lightning. Tampa Bay's head coach John Tortorella was visible shocked by the events "you hate to see that happen to such an important ankle anywhere, but in your own arena, I feel incredible shame."
Teammate Evgeni Malkin was visibly torn up, breaking into tears as he spoke "Why could not it have be me? Why do god do this to good team and good league?"
Striking players and supporting fans are encouraged to wear the Crosby Ankle Ribbon which is colored yellow, black, and white sporting the number 87, the letters MVP, and the phrase "The Saviour of All Hockey".
Crosby's Ankle was unavailable for comment.
(This not-entirely-factual news snippet was originally posted on January 23rd, 2008 at my humor website here: http://phasezero.ca/?p=70. I will continue to cross post all NHL related content to this blog. Enjoy!)