Crosby rejects $7.5M offer from WHA
8/25/2004 3:00:35 AM
Dollar signs and an accelerated career in professional hockey is not enough to get Sidney Crosby out of junior.
According to a report in the Ottawa Sun, the teen phenom was offered a three-year, $7.5-million US contract by the Hamilton franchise in the World Hockey Association.
Crosby turned down the offer, electing to stay with the Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL.
"Anytime you turn away that much money...you work hard most of your life to play in the NHL and one day make a career of it," Crosby said. "But it took a lot to say no to that much money, I'm young and hopefully that one day where I play hockey for a job will come soon."
The paper, citing an NHL source, reports that team owner Mario Frankovitch made the offer to Crosby. It would pay the 17 year-old $2.5-million for each of the three seasons and, reportedly, would pay Crosby a guaranteed $2-million even if the fledling league can't get off the ground.
Crosby has been widely touted as the next scoring superstar in professional hockey and he scored 135 points in 59 games as a rookie last season.
There is some confusion concerning the report, however, as Hamilton does not own Crosby's WHA rights. Crosby was selected first in the WHA Amateur Draft by Toronto on July 17. Hamilton picked fourth and chose Corey Locke.