Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sidney Crosby: 'Still a guy from Cole Harbour'

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup during a parade through his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, on Saturday. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press)
COLE HARBOUR, Nova Scotia — When Nova Scotians talk about Sidney Crosby, the same phrases tend to come up.
Sid is modest, they say, down-to-earth and shy. He put Cole Harbour, the suburb of Halifax where he grew up, “on the map,” they boast. The Penguins captain is an idol for the young athletes in the area who have hopes, too, of scaling the heights of the hockey world.
“You hear that — everybody’s kid’s going to be a Sidney Crosby now,” said Greg Raymond, operations manager for the Halifax Forum, a multi-purpose facility where Mr. Crosby sometimes works out. “He’s everything a hockey player can be in Nova Scotia. When you talk professional hockey here, it’s Sid, Sid.”
Each summer, Mr. Crosby returns to Nova Scotia to train, spend time with friends and family, and, he said, “get away from things a bit,” to the extent that is possible for the most recognizable hockey player in the world.
“It just feels right,” Mr. Crosby said last week. “Regardless of how busy you are, when you’re here, I think for whatever reason, you just feel comfortable and you just feel relaxed. That’s why I come back every summer.”
Five weeks after leading the Penguins to their fourth Stanley Cup championship, Mr. Crosby showcased the Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player in the playoffs, in the Halifax area. On Friday and Saturday, the Cup made appearances at a Tim Hortons restaurant, two hospitals, his hockey camp and a parade in Cole Harbour that was attended by thousands.
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