After leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup victory in 2016, Sidney Crosby has been named the captain of team Canada for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Hockey Canada made the announcement on Thursday morning.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber, also long-time members of Team Canada in international competition, will serve as the assistant captains.
Crosby has won gold with team Canada at various tournaments, including the 2015 World Championship (where he also served as captain) and the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.
He is also a two-time Stanley Cup champion in the NHL with the Penguins, serving as captain on their 2009 and 2016 championship teams.
Crosby had a slow start to the 2015-16 season and through the first two months was posting some of the worst numbers of his career. But following the in-season coaching change and a new-look roster around him he quickly climbed the NHL’s scoring leaderboard and finished the season with 85 points in 80 games, good enough for third best in the league. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
In 31 games for Team Canada at the World Championships and Olympics, Crosby has scored 17 goals and recorded 17 assists.
The World Cup of Hockey takes place in Toronto between September 17 and October 1.
To an extent, it makes sense that some people don’t like Sidney Crosby.
Most obviously, he’s a great player who’s helped the Pittsburgh Penguins beat plenty of peoples’ favorite teams.
Beyond that, Crosby is a competitor, and sometimes the drive to win brings out an edge that rubs people the wrong way. (Just ask Claude Giroux.)
It’s probably a little tougher to really drum up that hate during weekends like these, as Crosby earned millions of good guy points when he went above and beyond in making autograph-seeking fans happy.
The story surfaced on social media and was expanded upon by NHL.com: a family put up a sign in Crosby’s Nova Scotia area requesting an autograph from No. 87 about three weeks ago. Eventually they took it down, yet it caught Crosby’s attention, as he came by the house and did more than just sign a single sweater:
Maybe the best part of the story comes for Darryl Pottie, who wasn’t there as Crosby spent at least 20 minutes chatting with the family and signing everything short of a cat. His wife Tricia used the subject line “An old friend dropped in” and then …
“There was a picture and I open it up,” Darryl said. “Right away I recognize my daughter and I look beside her and it’s like, ‘That…that’s Sidney Crosby! Wait…wait a second. That’s in my house! He’s in my house!’ And I’m screaming at my work and people are looking at me like, ‘What are you talking about?'”
It’s fantastic stuff, unless you want to convince yourself to continue jeering the guy.
NHL.com provides the full rundown.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby has received a rousing reception during a parade in Canada, with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain showing off the Stanley Cup to his hometown fans.
Crosby rode in the back of a pickup truck and displayed the Cup on top of the cab, lifting it over his head several times. He was decked out in a black ball cap and a T-shirt proclaiming Stanley Cup Champions 2016.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police made an appearance. Other police on motorcycles sounded their sirens and vehicles blasted horns as the procession moved along the parade route in Cole Harbour on Saturday.
The Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games to win the Stanley Cup. As team captain, Crosby is permitted to have the trophy an extra day and he wanted to share it with more fans.
Crosby also brought the trophy home in 2009.
—Photos from Sidney Crosby’s first day with the Cup
To understate things, it’s been a great summer for Sidney Crosby.
For the second time, he’s a reigning Stanley Cup champion, and he’s trying to savor it even more this time around.
As you can see from the video above, Crosby was parading through the streets of Pittsburgh with the Stanley Cup. He won the Conn Smythe and carried the Cup around during the 2016 NHL Awards.
Friday marks his day with the Cup – the more official sort – and Crosby’s making his country proud. Here are some of the best shots of Crosby doing his Canadian best to share the joy.
Like any self-respecting Canadian, that includes a trip to Tim Horton’s.
His hockey school featured more lucky kids than those onlookers at Tim Horton’s:
The highlight might be this surprise visit, actually:
He really is covering a lot of ground on this fun day:
Such a sprawling trip isn’t keeping Crosby from protecting the sacred trophy, mind you:
Sidney Crosby now has two Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals and a Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. And now the idea to rename a street after Crosby in his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., is gaining further interest.
According to The Canadian Press, the idea originated from Crosby’s former minor hockey coach Paul Mason, who suggested in the article the name Sidney Crosby Parkway as one idea.
From The Canadian Press:
Lorelei Nicoll, the councillor for Cole Harbour, said Tuesday that she will put forward a motion to look into naming a street after Crosby. Wearing a T-shirt bearing both Crosby’s and the community’s name — along with Cole Harbour’s other famous hockey progeny, Nathan MacKinnon — Nicoll said she would ask for a staff report on a possible renaming.
“Cole Harbour’s very proud,” she said during a city council meeting. “So I ask for council support when that comes up.”
The process could be stymied by administrative orders in Halifax Regional Municipality that suggest renaming a street could only be done when the person being honoured is retired or has fulfilled “25 years or more of volunteer service.” Nicoll said she would see if council would consider making an exception.
During these playoffs, Crosby was a force for the Penguins in their second Stanley Cup championship since his highly anticipated first overall draft selection in 2005. He wasn’t their leading scorer during the post-season, but he led by example, determined for victory.
“[Crosby’s] the consummate leader,” said Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan after his team won the Stanley Cup. “He took this team, and this team evolved because of his leadership.”