Sydney Crosby – down and out.
The injury to Sid the Kid was international hockey news. His anticipated return to competition was the topic of speculation for months through 2011 in coffee shops from Cole Harbour to Trail. This particular photo of the young superstar on his knees captures both the individual’s hurt and pain, and the sorry state of the NHL with its inability to deal properly with head blows. 2011 was the year of the concussion-discussion – and Sidney was at the centre of it all.
Honourable mentions for Canada’s photo of the year include the victorious smile of Prime Minister Stephen Harper on election night; the cane-waving of campaigner Jack Layton; and the hockey rioters in Vancouver after the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals.