A Stanley Cup birthday party won't be anything new for Sidney Crosby when he brings the trophy home to Nova Scotia on Monday, but he set the bar pretty high the first time around.
Crosby had his first day with the Stanley Cup on Aug. 7, 2009, his 22nd birthday, after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins win the championship.
His day started in Halifax with a helicopter ride to a naval vessel, the HCMS Preserver. He got a hero's welcome, and Crosby addressed the Canadian troops and thanked them for their sacrifices before signing the ship.
Crosby's next trip was to a children's hospital, where he and the Cup surprised more than 100 kids. The children were able to get photos with the trophy and Penguins captain.
A massive parade, not unlike what Cole Harbour saw last year, came next in Crosby's hometown. Then, Crosby played goalie when he and some of his friends played a game of street hockey, like they did as kids, but with the actual Stanley Cup on the line.
Crosby gave the Cup a bath before capping his whirlwind turn with the trophy at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame in conjunction with its Sidney Crosby exhibit.
It was a day for the ages, and probably still stands as Crosby's best birthday to date, at least for another few days.