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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...

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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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What If: The alternative history of sports

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