The last time the Nova Scotia natives and elite hockey stars Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon teamed up for a TV spot to promote the super delicious donuts and accessible coffee of Tim Horton’s, the boys drove a Zamboni through a neighborhood to give away hockey cards. It appears the Pittsburgh Penguins and Colorado Avalanche captains are back in front of the cameras for another cup of Tim’s.
Perhaps Tim’s will add kale to the menu for MacKinnon?
The nearest Tim Horton’s to Pittsburgh is either Meadville, PA, or Wheeling, WV. Why there isn’t one in Pittsburgh, we don’t know. But the coffee and donut chain, which former Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Hornets defenseman Tim Horton started, operates mostly in Canada (Horton played most of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but three of his first three professional seasons (1949-1952) were with the Hornets before he played one season for the Penguins in 1971-72.
Update: Readers have pointed out, there is also a Tim Horton’s in Washington, PA, too.
A social media post from MacKinnon (because Crosby doesn’t have social media accounts) tipped off everyone to the new commercial.
You may notice, the guys aren’t wearing their respective jerseys this time. Instead, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon are wearing the Team Canada jerseys. The pair are expected to be part of Team Canada in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. While the players and the IIHF have not come to a final agreement to allow the NHL players into the Olympics, the NHL has already created a three-week opening in the 2021-22 schedule to accommodate the expected games.
Of course, we don’t yet know what curveballs COVID will throw. COVID restrictions kept most fans away and nearly canceled the summer Olympics in Japan last month. But that’s a different topic for a different day.
Here is one of their previous ads:
In other prior spots, they’ve driven the Tim’s van to make deliveries. The pair also posed as Tim Horton’s drive-thru employees, which was, in fact, pretty funny. Not even they could keep a straight face as they tried to take orders from unsuspecting customers, including a jalapeno burger–which the customer pronounced “Jal-ap-en-O.” That one particularly got to Crosby.
I’ll see you in Meadville…