LAS VEGAS - Sidney Crosby had a special guest as he strolled the red carpet at the NHL Awards on Wednesday. It was shiny, weighed 35 pounds and was the envy of every person at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Accompanied by the Stanley Cup, which his Penguins won June 12, the Hart Trophy finalist and Conn Smythe winner was in Las Vegas, another stop on his whirlwind victory tour that included a parade in Pittsburgh and a visit to the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont.
"It's nice to be here, obviously with the Stanley Cup and kind of enjoy it again," Crosby said. "It's been busy, definitely the following days after the final game.
"It's amazing how quick the time goes by. Everyone heads their separate ways. It's hard to believe."
The NHL Awards capped a big day in Las Vegas. Earlier Wednesday, the NHL awarded the city an expansion franchise that will begin play in the 2017-18 season.
"It's exciting for players. You love the opportunity to play in a new city, to play in a new city with a buzz, a place like that that is going to have some interest," Crosby said. "You see an event like this, it draws so many people and I'm sure they will do the same thing when they get their team here."