"That feels like it's a whole other world away. It's hard for me to even imagine somebody … watching Wayne Gretzky play every night, and kind of expecting that after 40 games, they expect a 41st, 42nd game. It's incredible to think that he did that over the course of 51 games. I can't even imagine that."
-- Sidney Crosby, on Wayne Gretzky's record 51-game scoring streak
Already in his young career, Crosby has been the first pick of an Entry Draft, a franchise savior, claimed a Stanley Cup and won Olympic gold -- scoring the medal-clinching goal in overtime against the U.S. this past February. He understands that such heroics will draw the interest of even the most casual hockey fan.
But even the usually unflappable Crosby has been slightly unnerved about the attention he has attracted in the past few weeks.
"Especially the last week or two, I feel like there's been a little more attention to it," he said earlier this week in a conference call.