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Sidney Crosby starts day with Cup of coffee

Penguins captain makes several stops in home province of Nova Scotia @NHLdotcom

Where else would Sidney Crosby start his day with the Stanley Cup but at a Tim Hortons?

The captain and Conn Smythe winner for the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins began his victory tour by picking up the Cup at Halifax Airport in Nova Scotia. He then brought the trophy inside the Tim Hortons coffee shop in his hometown of Cole Harbour and placed it on the counter in front of cheering customers.

"We heard this big explosion of applause and heard someone say 'Sidney,'" Tim Hortons operations manager Paul MacFarlane told The Canadian Press. "We came up to the front and saw Sidney Crosby walk through with the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy.

Tweet from @NHL: Even a @TimHortons morning routine doesn���t change on a day with the #StanleyCup.

"I had never seen it before, it was awesome."

Crosby made sure to take photos with employees.

"He's a gentleman; he's awesome," MacFarlane said.

Another stop was at Crosby's hockey school, with hopes the Cup would make an impression on some young players.

Tweet from @penguins: Sidney Crosby's Hockey School just got even more exciting. ��

"Just to see the Stanley Cup in person is crazy after you see it on TV and stuff," 12-year-old camper Cooper Fink told the Penguins website.

Crosby also made visits to the Camp Hill Veteran's Services, the IWK Health Centre located in Halifax, and a fitness class located in Cole Harbour.  

Tweet from @GMillerTSN: Another surprise visit by Crosby and the Cup, this time to Camp Hill Veterans Services in Halifax.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Sid hangs out at @IWKHealthCentre with the #stanleycup. @NHL @HockeyHallFame @penguins

Tweet from @ChpPlace: Lucky ladies from our fitness class met Sid and Sir Stanley up close and personal.

"I remember going to the Hockey Hall of Fame when I was playing minor hockey and had a tournament out there," Crosby told the Penguins website. "We just went and was able to see it, that was pretty special. I remember going to the gift shop, and anything I could find with the Stanley Cup logo on it I was trying to get my hands on it.

"As a kid, I was just happy to be able to see it. I didn't think I might ever get that chance. There's no NHL team in Halifax here and I just didn't ever expect to have that opportunity. I think I was just happy seeing it up close."

Because Crosby is Penguins captain, he is granted a second day with the Cup. A parade with the trophy is scheduled in Cole Harbour for Saturday.

"Everywhere we go we see Sid stuff and this is where he's been, this is one of his things he did when he grew up and was our age," Fink said. "That's the coolest thing."

It is Crosby's second time in his hometown with the Cup; the Penguins also won it in 2009.

"This time I appreciate it a little bit more," he said. "I'll make sure I spend every second I possibly can with it."

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