January 4, 2005 would be the first meeting between two young and rising superstars in the hockey world. Alex the Great vs. Sid the Kid. Russia vs. Canada in the World Junior Championship gold medal game.
Ovi got hurt and couldn't finish the game. Crosby got an assist as Canada won the gold medal. Chalk the first up for Sid. Canada also won Olympic gold in men's hockey in Vancouver. Sid scored the OT winner past USA's Ryan Miller. I still have nightmares as an American of that goal--even as a Penguins fan. Ovi doesn't have an Olympic gold. Chalk two up for Sid. The World Championships don't count.
They both have an Art Ross, a Hart and a Rocket. They were both 1st picks overall in the NHL Draft. Ovi has the satisfaction of beating Sid in a Winter Classic, but Sid has hoisted the Cup. Boom.
Here's a video on the gold medal game from 2005. Ovi is seen crying at the end. It's kind of funny.