I, a humble j-school student, interviewed Sidney Crosby

This Friday, I was offered, out of the blue, the greatest opportunity of my young journalism career. I, Alex Hamilton, took a freelance gig for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to cover the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice in Banff.

It was a general practice notebook piece about the Pens’ upcoming road trip in western Canada. My lede was Patric Hornqvist and Daniel Sprong being shuffled down the lineup. Read it at post-gazette.com.

I talked to head coach Mike Sullivan, Patric Hornqvist, Daniel Sprong, Derick Brassard, and, yes, Sidney Crosby. No big deal.

I feel like one of those college-level goalies called to be an emergency practice goalie for NHL teams.