HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Sidney Crosby isn’t just a hockey icon from Nova Scotia, where few players burst into NHL stardom before ‘Sid the Kid’ did in 2005. After nearly two decades of being the ever-congenial ambassador for the game and leader of the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team gave back to Crosby.
By scheduling a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, the Penguins brought Crosby home. Over the last couple of days, the team has engaged in scavenger hunts through Crosby’s childhood locations, eaten food that is native to Nova Scotia, and been exposed to what it was like to grow up in Cole Harbour, including practicing at Cole Harbour Place, Crosby’s childhood rink.
“Boy, he was really excited about it, bringing the team to his place … you see how happy he is to bring the Penguins to it, his hometown, and have a practice,” said long-time teammate Kris Letang. “He gets emotional about it. Sid always wants to give back to the community.”