For seven years, center Sidney Crosby has led the Penguins as the team’s captain.
Now, he’s leading a nation.
Crosby was named captain of Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia Sunday afternoon.
“It’s definitely a huge honor,” he said. “I think playing for Team Canada and the Olympics is a great opportunity, but being named captain is an honor.”
Crosby, 26, was the hero for Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, scoring the winning overtime goal against the United States in the Gold Medal Game.
Crosby was an alternate captain in 2010. But he doesn’t expect his role to be much different now that he will be the captain.
“It doesn’t change my mindset going in,” Crosby said. “There are a lot of really good leaders there, a lot of guys with a lot of experience. A short-term event like that you just want to come together quickly as a team and make sure we’re all on the same page.”
Crosby, who also served as an alternate captain for Canada at the 2006 World Championships, was told about his selection as captain a few days ago by Canada executive director Steve Yzerman and head coach Mike Babcock. Their decision to pick Crosby is even more special considering how talented Team Canada’s roster is.
“There are so many leaders and so many guys capable of leading by example. It’s just an honor,” Crosby said. “Most guys have played for Team Canada in the past. We understand that you might have a different role or things may be a little bit different. The most important thing is to come together quickly. Whether you’ve played in three or one it comes together pretty quickly.”