The Pittsburgh Penguins tweeted out some really interesting tidbits about two driving forces for their success: 1) the bond between Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin and 2) Mike Sullivan’s drive to get results.
Pens Inside Scoop has the story, mostly from Malkin’s perspective, of two players who’ve known each other from their early-teens … and if Malkin has anything to say about it, two players who will remain teammates for their entire careers.
“I hope we play our whole lives here,” Malkin said. “I don’t want to move to a different city …”
Crosby provided similar thoughts, but Geno really illustrated the bromance most beautifully in that piece.
Speaking of beautiful, consider the lengths Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan goes to “take notes,” via this in-depth Boston University profile:
It’s a mind that never seems to stop, as seen in the coffee table in the TV room in Sullivan’s Duxbury, Mass., home—the top is a whiteboard, festooned with the blue lines, face-off circles, and goal creases of an ice rink. When a game is on, Sullivan is likely to pull out a dry-erase marker and diagram a defenseman’s mistake or a winger’s poor breakout execution. “He’s constantly analyzing with Xs and Os,” says his younger brother, Brian Sullivan, a former college hockey player, for Northeastern University. “He eats it and sleeps it.”
Having a coffee table designed for note-taking? Yeah, that’s about as close as you can get to actually eating and sleeping hockey. Someone needs to get photographic evidence of that bad boy.
… Now, as far as getting your own? Maybe that wouldn’t be the healthiest approach.