“It’s an honor. I never thought I’d have that chance,” Crosby said after hearing the news Tuesday morning. “It’s a great thing I’m going to be a part of and I am looking forward to doing it.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So many people have dreamed of being able to do this so to be able to do it and do it in my hometown feels pretty special.”
Crosby isn’t the only Penguin excited about the experience. Head coach Dan Bylsma commented on what a great thing this will be for Crosby and the rest of the team.
“The honor that this is, not only to carry the Olympic torch, but for his country, is not even once in a lifetime, it’s greater than that,” Bylsma said. “We wanted Sid to do it, and encouraged the opportunity. I think it’s awesome. I can’t wait to see him, see the footage and hear about the experience of doing it.
“It’s an opportunity I think we’re all going to take a little bit of a part of. He’s a Penguin. It’s going to be awesome for him and his country and I look forward to seeing him. It’ll be a good thing.”
Twelve thousand torchbearers are participating in the relay, carrying the Olympic Flame 45,000 kilometers across Canada.
Crosby, originally from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, was selected because of his outstanding achievements in hockey and his unbridled passion for his home city, province and country.
“Like I said, this is something that is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Crosby said. “To be able to carry the torch is a privilege in and of itself. To be able to do it in my hometown, the place where I dreamed of playing in the NHL and representing my country, is special.
“It feels good. I have pride and I am proud of where I came from. I think everyone that is from Nova Scotia is proud to say they are from Nova Scotia. To be able to do that and share this with them is nice. It’s something I’ll appreciate and enjoy for sure.”