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The Sid Lottery

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Throughout the summer, will periodically present a PNC Wealth Management "Legendary Moment" from the PNC Legends Level Suites at CONSOL Energy Center. Each display features an incredible moment from Penguins history, complete with a description, photos and actual keepsakes from the event.

July 22, 2005

It all came down to a ping-pong ball at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft Lottery.

A ping-pong ball to define the future.

All 30 teams had a chance at the first pick in the first draft following the lockout – a pick that would yield 17-year-old Sidney Crosby, the most ballyhooed Canadian prospect in a generation. The Penguins, who had finished dead-last in the overall standings in 2003-04, the final season before the lockout, had only an incrementally higher chance than other teams to land the pick.

The ping-pong balls to determine the order were selected in a private meeting led by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and representatives of all the teams – but the results were kept secret for a brief time so the NHL could dramatically unveil the draft order on live television. It went in inverse order, from No. 30 on down, until only two teams remained – Anaheim and the Penguins.

And then they went to a commercial.

Finally, Bettman returned to the podium with a card to unveil the winning team’s logo, and announced that the first pick of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft would go to… the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hello, Sidney Crosby.

Photos from the PNC display on the suite level of CONSOL Energy Center:

The entire display (left); the cover of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review after the lottery (right)

The display description

Photos from the lottery drawing itself

The ping-pong ball (left); the envelope (right)

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