The Pittsburgh Penguins have a new alternate captain – Sidney Crosby.
New head coach Michel Therrien appointed the 18-year-old as the team’s other alternate captain along with Mark Recchi on Friday.
“I really believe this is a new beginning for our team,” Therrien said. “He is one of our best players. I am not afraid to give him – I don’t think it’s pressure because, eventually, it’s going to be Sidney’s team. Sid has some good veterans to work with. He has Mario [Lemieux], Mark Recchi, John LeClair, Lyle Odelein. We have a core group, but I want Sid to learn from those guys. He is a young kid, but sometimes a young kid has good, new ideas.”
The Penguins’ staff affixed the “A” to the left shoulder of Crosby’s jersey shortly after the announcement.
“It’s great for the coach to show that I have that responsibility. I feel pretty honored,” Crosby said. “I take it pretty seriously. I will try to do a good job making sure I show leadership.
“It’s something that’s nice to have. It’s a challenge and motivates you that much more. I am more than happy to have it.”
Crosby, who has shown leadership skills all season, was recognized for them last year, too. He wore an “A” on his Rimouski Oceanic jersey last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
“It’s important to lead by your actions most of all,” he said. “It’s good to communicate, you don’t ever want to worry about that, but to be a leader on the ice and lead by your play is most important. Sometimes actions speak louder than words. I will try to do that.”