The story of the friendship of Jack Johnson and Sidney Crosby is now pretty well know. They met as classmates as Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Fairbault, Minn., seven years ago and have remained close friends. So far, Crosby is 2-0 against Johnson in the NHL, and there’s a good chance they could meet at the Olympics as well. Johnson smiled when asked if there had been any trash-talking between him and Crosby this week.
JOHNSON: “No, just, `Hi, how you doing?’ Just catching up, really. We’re both pretty busy, and very rarely do we each not have a game. I got to talk to him a little bit after the Ducks game, but that’s about it.”
I asked Johnson if he and Crosby were able to talk much and swap “war stories” during the season…
JOHNSON: “Yeah, we talk like normal friends, really. Nothing special. He’s a normal kid and we’ve known each other for a long time. Just normal catch-up, really. A lot of times it’s not even about hockey. Just life, what’s going on in the world. When we talk we usually try to get away from hockey.”