PITTSBURGH - Sidney Crosby says he has never met Don Cherry and doesn't consider himself to be in a feud with Hockey Night In Canada's colourful between-periods analyst.
When asked about his relations with Cherry on Saturday, the 20-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain said "I don't really have a relationship with him. To be honest. I've never met him."
It seems unthinkable that Canada's brightest young hockey star has never talked to its best-known hockey commentator.
But there may have been hard feelings when Cherry branded Crosby a show-off for scoring a trick goal from behind the net while he was playing junior hockey for Rimouski a few years ago.
A column in a daily Toronto newspaper this week took Cherry and Hockey Night In Canada to task for downplaying Crosby's two-goal effort in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, which put the Penguins back in the series after Detroit won the opening two games. Most of Cherry's praise was directed at veteran winger Gary Roberts.
"The show's grudge against Crosby has gone well beyond ridiculous," the report said.
Crosby said he has no bitterness toward the show or Cherry.
"I grew up watching Hockey Night In Canada just like every kid," he said. "I've heard negative things on there more than positive things, but it hasn't changed me.
"I still watch it whenever I get the chance. There's really nothing there. I've never met him and I have nothing against him whatsoever, so I don't think there's really much to say."