Less than a month from now, the National Hockey League will send some of its most talented players to Sochi, Russia, to participate in the hockey tournament portion of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Team Canada announced its final roster on January 7th, 2014, and to no one’s surprise, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby made the cut. Today it was revealed that Sid The Kid will dawn the captain’s “C” for his country.
There is nothing surprising about Sidney Crosby being appointed captain of Team Canada. The native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, on Canada’s east coast, is generally labelled the best hockey player in the world. Sid currently leads the NHL scoring, a status he regularly enjoys while healthy.
Captain Crosby and assistant Jonathan Toews are the only active Canadians who have captained a Stanley Cup winner. Crosby acted as chief of the Penguins when they captured the franchise’s first championship of the new millennium back in 2009. Jonathan Toews, mere months after helping lead Canada to an Olympic gold medal at Vancouver 2010, captained his Chicago Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup title. Last spring, Toews and his Hawks won their second championship under his reign.
Upon learning confirmation of his station as Team Canada’s captain in Sochi next month, Crosby told media:
“Playing for Team Canada, playing in the Olympics is a great opportunity. But being able to be named the captain is a great honour.”
Crosby, Toews and Weber will lead Team Canada into action next month, beginning on February 13, against Norway.