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Sidney Crosby Named Captain of the Canadian Olympic Team
Sunday, 01.19.2014 / 11:05 AM / News
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.
Crosby also served as Canada’s alternate captain at the 2006 World Championships when he became the youngest player to ever lead that tournament in scoring with 16 points (8G-8A) as an 18 year old.
Next month, Crosby, who leads the NHL scoring race with 68 points, will be suiting up for Team Canada at the Olympics for the second time. He will be joined by his linemate, Chris Kunitz, who will be making his Olympic debut.
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Penguins open door for Sidney Crosby to carry Canadian flag at Olympics if COC wants him
BY STEVE SIMMONS
All Sidney Crosby has to do is ask — or first, be asked.
That’s what it will take to have him carry the Canadian flag in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
He has to want to do it. The Canadian Olympic Committee has to choose him to do it. The rest will take care of itself.
Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Toronto Sun by email Saturday that he agreed with the Boston Bruins move to allow captain Zdeno Chara to miss a National Hockey League game so the captain could carry the Slovakian flag in the opening ceremony on Feb. 7.
But what about his captain?
“Hard to turn down that opportunity,” Shero wrote. “Agreed with Boston on letting (Chara) go.”
Crosby would be an ideal choice to carry the flag, which will likely be decided among bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, hockey’s Hayley Wickenheiser, skier Erik Guay and speed skaters, Christine Nesbitt and Charles Hamelin. That didn’t seem in any way possible until the Chara move was agreed to by the Bruins.
Now that the way has been cleared it is up to the COC to make the call: The flag bearer will be announced Thursday. Is there time to make it Crosby? And does he want to do it?