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Paul Bissonnette Reveals the Shocking Reason Why Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson Were Kicked off Their High School Baseball Team

Many hockey players began their careers as multi-sport athletes. While some players naturally joined teams, others were forced to do so. That’s exactly what happened to Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson after they were both told they needed to participate in a summer sport. Crosby and Johnson both chose to join their high school baseball teams, but that didn’t last long.

TNT aired a game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Colorado Avalanche last night. During an interview with Paul Bissonnette and Jack Johnson, Biznasty asked for Johnson’s permission to tell the story of both players being kicked off their high school teams, which Johnson granted because he’d “served his time.”

According to Bissonnette, the incident occurred after Johnson was hit by a pitch and his hockey instincts kicked in, causing him to charge the mound. Johnson reportedly handled the pitcher and first baseman, while Crosby handled the catcher.

The full story can be found here:

Both players were asked to return their uniforms the next day, but it appears that things worked out for both men, as they both went on to have successful hockey careers, winning Stanley Cup rings.
But one has to wonder if either Johnson or Crosby would have made it to the Major Leagues.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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