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Crosby, MacKinnon give Worlds checks to hometown

by Sean McCullen

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche have donated their shares from winning the 2015 IIHF World Championship with Canada to the youth hockey organization in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

With an assist from MacKinnon, also a Cole Harbour native, the Penguins captain is hosting the first Sidney Crosby Hockey School in his hometown this week.

Hockey Canada president and CEO Tom Renney visited the school Wednesday to present World Championship checks to Crosby and MacKinnon, who helped Canada win all of its games in regulation on the way to the gold medal in the Czech Republic in May.

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"Obviously, this is where Nate and I started, so to have the opportunity to give back and … to be able to have it go directly to the minor hockey associations that we were a part of means a lot to us," Crosby said, according to The Chronicle Herald. "I'm sure it'll go a long way, so we certainly appreciate Tom taking the time to come here and share his experience and wisdom with people here, and educate them."

The amount of each player's check was not disclosed.

Crosby is one of 26 members of the "Triple Gold Club," players who have won the Stanley Cup and a gold medal at the Olympics and World Championship. The 28-year-old won the Cup with the Penguins in 2009, Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014, and the 2015 World Championship.

It's not just Crosby's name on the weeklong camp; he has been active in teaching the 160 players, who are between 8 and 12 years old.

"I think that having been in the League a while, the importance of giving back, you see it more and more and you take that to heart a little bit more," Crosby said. "I definitely wanted to find a way to be able to do that. A lot of guys do different things, but a hockey school was something that I felt I could also be really involved in out there on the ice and be involved with the kids, and I think that was a big part of it too."

Crosby said he intends to hold the camp next summer.

"It's everything I could've imagined," he said. "It's been a lot of fun, and the kids are having a great time."

MacKinnon, 19, has 38 goals with 63 assists in 146 NHL games. He won the Calder Trophy for the 2013-14 season.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, a Nova Scotia native, also has volunteered at Crosby's camp.

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