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NHL: Sidney Crosby Named Canada's Team Captain for Sochi Olympics
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NHL: Sidney Crosby Named Canada's Team Captain for Sochi Olympics

Jan 19 2014, 7:54pm CST | by

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named Canada's team captain on Jan. 19 for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby was named Canada's team captain on Jan. 19 for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. The Penguins' official website issued a statement about...

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48 weeks ago

NHL: Sidney Crosby Named Canada's Team Captain for Sochi Olympics

Jan 19 2014, 7:54pm CST | by

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named Canada's team captain on Jan. 19 for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby was named Canada's team captain on Jan. 19 for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. 

The Penguins' official website issued a statement about Crosby's honor on the same day. 

"Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named captain of the 2014 Canadian Olympic Team. It was announced this morning by Hockey Canada

"This is the first time in Crosby's career that he has been named Canada's team captain during international play. 

"Crosby was an alternate captain for Canada at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver when he secured the gold medal for his country by scoring the overtime game-winning goal  in a 3-2 gold medal game defeat of the United States."

Sam Kasan of the Penguins' official website reports on Jan. 19 that Hockey Canada executive director Steve Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock were the ones who told Crosby he will be their team captain. 

Crosby hailed it as "a huge honor."

"It's definitely a huge honor. I think playing for Team Canada and the Olympics is a great opportunity, but being named captain is an honor.

"It doesn't change my mindset going in. There are a lot of really good leaders there, a lot of guys with a lot of experience. A short-term event like that you just want to come together quickly as a team and make sure we're all on the same page. 

"There are so many leaders and so many guys capable of leading by example. It's just an honor. Most guys have played for Team Canada in the past. We understand that you might have a different role or things may be a little bit different. The most important thing is to come together quickly. 

"Whether you've played in three or one it comes together pretty quickly." 

The official Hockey Canada release also states Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators will serve as alternate team captains. Both were Crosby's teammates in the gold-winning team in Vancouver four years ago. 

Babcock spoke about the three players' leadership prowess  in the press release. 

"Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams. These three players will be at the forefront of our leadership group in Sochi, but we are confident that every one of the 25 players on our roster will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful." 

Retired defenseman Scott Niedermayer, who was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Nov. 2013, expressed confidence Crosby is ready to be Canada's leader on the ice, per ESPN.

The 26-year-old Crosby was named Penguins team captain in 2007 and helped the team win a Stanley Cup title two years later. 

On the other hand, Caroline Ouellette was named captain of Hockey Canada's women's hockey team. Hayley Wickenheiser was proclaimed permanent alternate captain. 

Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, currently has 25 goals and 43 assists for 68 points. His point total currently leads the NHL in 2013-14, according to ESPN stats

 
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Nov 4 2014 5:48pm CST | Source: SBNation

The streaking Pens and Wild will try to cool each other off tonight in Minnesota. Meanwhile, the Stars and Kings try to break out of slumps in Dallas. After getting just an appetizer on Monday with the St. Louis Blues beating the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout, the NHL really amps up action on Tuesday with 12 games to pick from. The Pittsburgh Penguins head into Minnesota to take on the Wild at 8 p.m. ET wh ...
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NHL schedule 2014: Times, TV schedule and how to watch Tuesday's games online

Nov 4 2014 7:00am CST | Source: SBNation

The Penguins take a four-game winning streak on the road to Minnesota to face the wild; Elsewhere, the Stars host the Kings as each tries to snap out of a losing funk. After getting just an appetizer on Monday with the St. Louis Blues beating the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout, the NHL really amps up action on Tuesday with 12 games to pick from. The Pittsburgh Penguins head into Minnesota to tak ...
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SAN DIEGO - LeBron James is an extraordinary talent, but he didn't invent basketball. Likewise with Tom Brady in football and Sidney Crosby in hockey. Royce Gracie, however, has a stature in his sport that few athletes will ever experience in their lifetimes. Not only was Gracie his chosen field's greatest competitor during his prime, but his prime actually help create the sport which developed in his wake. In r ...
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The 12 Best Pro Athlete Halloween Costumes This Year

Oct 31 2014 3:14pm CDT | Source: SportsGrid

Halloween has never been about kids — it’s always been about adults getting a really ornate costume and COSplaying until they pass out drunk. Check out the 12 best pro sports costumes donned by 25-year-old millionaire athletes, below… #12 – Deron Williams as “Conan the Barbarian” My king for life! #Halloween #WeLoveToParty #TeamWilliams #KhalDrogo #Khaleesi #GameOfThrones #MyManIsSoHot #HauntedHalloweenBash @dwill8 A ph ...
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7 weeks ago

NHLers on Costumes: Fowler really loves ninjas

Oct 30 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Several NHL stars sat down to share some memories of their favourite childhood Halloween costumes. Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler sure had an affinity for ninjas while he was growing up. The former 12th overall pick was one of those kids who recycled costume ideas from year to year. At least he switched up the colour of his ninja garb. You may be surprised to learn that Sidney Crosby never went trick-or-treating dressed as a charismatic ball of energy. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subsc ...
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7 weeks ago

NHLers on Costumes: Fowler really loves ninjas

Oct 30 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Several NHL stars sat down to share some memories of their favourite childhood Halloween costumes. Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler sure had an affinity for ninjas while he was growing up. The former 12th overall pick was one of those kids who recycled costume ideas from year to year. At least he switched up the colour of his ninja garb. You may be surprised to learn that Sidney Crosby never went trick-or-treating dressed as a charismatic ball of energy. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subsc ...
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7 weeks ago

NHLers on Costumes: Fowler really loves ninjas

Oct 30 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Several NHL stars sat down to share some memories of their favourite childhood Halloween costumes. Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler sure had an affinity for ninjas while he was growing up. The former 12th overall pick was one of those kids who recycled costume ideas from year to year. At least he switched up the colour of his ninja garb. You may be surprised to learn that Sidney Crosby never went trick-or-treating dressed as a charismatic ball of energy. More NHL on Sportsnet: Subsc ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

NHLers on Costumes: Fowler really loves ninjas

Oct 30 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Several NHL stars sat down to share some memories of their favourite childhood Halloween costumes. Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler sure had an affinity for ninjas while he was growing up. The former 12th overall pick was one of those kids who recycled costume ideas from year to year. At least he switched up the colour of his ninja garb. You may be surprised to learn that Sidney Crosby never went trick-or-treating dressed as a charismatic ball of energy. M ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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7 weeks ago

NHLers on Costumes: Fowler really loves ninjas

Oct 30 2014 11:16am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Several NHL stars sat down to share some memories of their favourite childhood Halloween costumes. Anaheim Ducks defenceman Cam Fowler sure had an affinity for ninjas while he was growing up. The former 12th overall pick was one of those kids who recycled costume ideas from year to year. At least he switched up the colour of his ninja garb. You may be surprised to learn that Sidney Crosby never went trick-or-treating dressed as a charismatic ball of energy. More NHL on Sp ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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8 weeks ago

NHL: 5 stories from Saturday night

Oct 26 2014 3:36am CDT | Source: CBC Sports

The NHL paid tribute to a couple of fallen Canadian soldiers in a co-ordinated pre-game ceremony in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto, while Sidney Crosby and Joel Ward of Canada led the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, respectively, to victory. ...
Source: CBC Sports   Full article at: CBC Sports
 

 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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