The draft that changed the face of CH

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Fans of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price can remind everyone that this Thursday marks the 15th anniversary of the National Hockey League entry draft that led to the selections of two of the biggest stars of the present century.

Following a 2004-2005 season ruined by a lockout, the Bettman Circuit had to hold a special lottery on July 22, 2005 to determine the order of the auction picks. Pittsburgh had seen luck smile on him and eight days later, at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, the Pennsylvania dealership got their hands on Crosby as the No. 1 Universal. The number 87 proved him right by helping him win three Stanley Cups, in 2009, 2016 and 2017.

For its part, the Habs came out in fifth place and set their sights on Price after Bobby Ryan (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), Jack Johnson (Carolina Hurricanes) and Benoit Pouliot (Minnesota Wild) were drafted.

Other picks in the initial round were Devin Setoguchi (San Jose Sharks, 8th), Luc Bourdon (Vancouver Canucks, 10th), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings, 11th), Marc Staal (New Rangers York, 12th) and TJ Oshie (St. Louis Blues, 24th).

Crosby and Price will face off in the qualifying round between the Canadian and the Penguins on Saturday. The TVA Sports channel will broadcast all the matches of the confrontation.

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