Sidney Crosby didn't have to come up with the top 10 reasons he couldn't accept an invitation to appear on the "Late Show with David Letterman" last week. It took only one.
"His schedule was full," Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, said Monday night.
The New York Post this week reported that NHL officials were "miffed" at the missed opportunity to have Crosby -- considered the face of the league -- make such an appearance on the heels of his winning goal for Canada in the Olympic gold-medal game.
"I talk to the league on a regular basis, and the league couldn't be more thrilled having Sidney Crosby do all the stuff he does," Brisson said.
Crosby was invited to present the Top Ten List on Letterman's show when the Penguins were in New York last week to play the Rangers.
Crosby did not practice Monday and did not speak with reporters.
This was the second time this season Crosby turned down Letterman. In the fall, he was asked to appear the same night that the Penguins received their Stanley Cup rings. The New York Post reported that Crosby did not accept a request to appear on NBC's "Today" show after the Cup win, but Brisson and a Penguins spokesperson said they didn't know about that request.
NHL spokesman Frank Brown said the league is thrilled with Crosby's promotional efforts. " ... Sidney has been exceptional in giving his time," Brown said.
Meanwhile, Brisson said Hockey Canada told him the stick and gloves Crosby used to score the winning goal Feb. 28 in the Olympics might have inadvertently been put with gear that is on its way to a warehouse in Toronto. He hopes to find out as soon as today.
Reebok Canada has offered a $10,000 reward for the return of the items, and Crosby has said he would like to have them back.
Shelly Anderson: email@example.com or 412-263-1721. First Published March 9, 2010 5:00 AM