Thanks to Sidney Crosby, hockey players in his home province are going to have a very happy holiday season.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain announced he and CCM Hockey would be donating 87 sets of new equipment for underrepresented communities within the Hockey Nova Scotia program.
Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, surprised eight of the recipients via video Monday and will fulfill his full donation in 2020. Hockey Nova Scotia's Black Youth Ice Hockey Program, Indigenous Female Hockey Academy and ISANS New Canadians Hockey Program will benefit from his donation.
"We are so grateful to SIdney and CCM Hockey for this very generous donation," said Amy Walsh, Hockey Nova Scotia executive director in a story posted on the organization's website. "We know it will go a long way in helping these children fall in love with our game."
Crosby donated the equipment upon learning of the programs, and his parents Trina and Troy were at the Halifax-based program's home and helped distribute the gear to the kids.
"Having the right equipment is the first step to getting started," Crosby said in a story published on Hockey Nova Scotia's website. "I wanted to be sure they had the best experience learning the game."