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It's a wrap08.08.2009 / 6:51 PM ET
And we will call it a wrap. NHL.com has left the Crosby compound and is headed back to the hotel. The party goes on back there and the Cup takes off tomorrow for Chicago where Chris Kunitz
will pick it up.
As for Crosby, "It's time to start training for next season." Sid, Cup shine
08.08.2009 / 5:38 PM ET
Crosby: "It does look shinier, doesnt it? It's just another thing to do with it. I will never complain about cleaning the Cup."
08.08.2009 / 5:31 PM ET
Yes Sid is cleaning the Cup with a hose and dish soap now.
Matt is filming this historic moment. The 2 guys from the Hall are watching and loving this.Sid cleans up
08.08.2009 / 5:24 PM ET
We just had a one on one with Sid that I will be writing on later.
Now, though, the Hall of Fame guys are telling me that Sid wants to clean the Cup. We'll see.
A quiet getaway
08.08.2009 / 4:15 PM ET
Sid just told me he got this place a couple of years ago and he loves the fact that its quiet and he can get away from everything when he comes out here.In the house
08.08.2009 / 4:03 PM ET
We are here at Sid's palacial house right on a large lake. It's a beautiful home decorated even further by the Cup.
The band Great Big Sea will be playing here.Through the gates
08.08.2009 / 3:56 PM ET
We just pulled in through a large metal gate protected by what appeared to be two uniformed security guards.The first thing we saw was a Penguins Zamboni on the grass. It was signed by Crosby.
We are now passing more security, and I assume going to his house.
08.08.2009 / 3:35 PM ET
Sidney's house is way out there because we are still on the bus. I am not really sure what to expect once we get there, but I will report it at some point.Getting together
08.08.2009 / 2:39 PM ET
We are on a bus en route to Sidney's house and various memobers of his mother's side of the family are with us. He is hotsing a private Cup party tonight.
also with us is Sid's personal trainer, who has worked with him since he was 13 years old.
A break in the action
08.08.2009 / 1:24 PM ET
Sid and his family left the Sport Hall of Fame around noon and they were headed to the family home for some quiet time. We are giving him his space as well, so we went our separate ways from him and we'll hook back up with him at his house (not his parents' house) at around 4 o'clock.
Word was that Sid was going to take the Cup to a few of his favorite spots in Cole Harbour to get some personal and private photos. I hope it stays private because every player that wins the Cup deserves some alone time with it, to enjoy it with just immediate family members and his closest friends.
Crosby, though, doesn't appear to mind the attention and the fanfare at all. In fact, last night ESPN.com reporter Scott Burnside and I were walking back to the Harbourfront Marriott from dinner when we saw Sid and his entourage driving around the streets of Halifax in a Harbour Hopper (a boat that drives on land and in water). Sid was standing in the vehicle, holding the Cup high above his head and showing it to everybody on the street. People were screaming and yelling and I'm told one guy even chased the Harbour Hopper at least a half mile before the vehicle stopped and Crosby showed the guy the Cup.
The Cup attracts huge crowds, but this has just been amazing, so much so that Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame said he has never seen anything like it. And, Pritchard is one of the Cup Keepers who has brought the Cup to countless players and been with them for their entire time celebrating with it.
I'll be off to Sid's house in a bit for a sitdown interview. He invited only a select few of us media members over for the interview, so it should be very interesting. Our intrepid videographer Matt Coe will be with me as well and will be posting a video later tonight.Worked his way up
08.08.2009 / 10:26 AM ET
Side looks thrilled and interested as he goes through the exhibit. He commented on the case with his first trophy, "Third place, haha."
It was from 1993.On the picture cycle
08.08.2009 / 10:14 AM ET
The Cup is on the dryer now and Sid is takimg some pics with it. He is finally going to see his exhibit. He has been taking photos this whole time. Crazy!In need of nap
08.08.2009 / 9:47 AM ET
Sid is still taking pic here at the Sports Hall of Fame. From here, he is heading back to his parents' house for downtime. Trust me, he needs it badly.Great big crowd
08.08.2009 / 9:13 AM ET
So there were supposed to be 45 or so people here, but there are way more than that. Sid is still taking pics. I think everyone is going to get one with the Cup.How it all began
08.08.2009 / 8:50 AM ET
Also on display here is the famous beat-up dryer that Sid used to shoot on as a kid. They have to get a pic of the Cup on top of the dryer for display here.
Artifacts and arrivals
08.08.2009 / 8:43 AM ET
On display here are pictures of Crosby from his youth, sticks, gloves, helmets, etc from his youth and NHL career. There's more, but he has arrived.First up
08.08.2009 / 8:20 AM ET
Our day has begun with a small function at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, whic has an exclusive exhibit dedicated to Crosby. He is on his way here.
***A great day
08.07.2009 / 8:06 PM ET
Asked what it's like for the dream to become reality, Crosby said it's, "bigger and better I could have ever dreamed."
I'm back in my hotel room now unwinding from an incredible day. Sid is not yet finished, though. He's on a private cruise now with close family members and friends, a nice way for him to finish his whirlwind day. We'll meet up with Sid again Saturday morning at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame, where he'll be honored with an exhibit. I don't have all the details on that yet, but I will be blogging from it though the posts likely won't go up right away due to staffing back in New York.
As for today, Crosby was almost poetic in talking about what it meant to him. The parade route, he said, brought back memories of his childhood.
"Just going through Cole Harbour, I was thinking about all the times I had run through that area or get up early and drive through there," he said. "Those were all the things that came back to me as we were on the parade route. Seeing all the signs, you can't really measure how much it means to you. Whether I won a Cup or not, I am who I am today because I worked hard and sacrificed a lot, but it's a nice reward for everyone to feel part of it and bring it back here."
He called the day "an adrenaline rush" and was amazed that everywhere he went something was new, different and amazing.
"You just keep having fun with it," he said. "Starting off was pretty awesome. It was my first time ever in a helicopter and they flew me over my house, where I grew up. That was a highlight for sure.
"The Cup comes off the plane and I'm jumping on a helicopter and flying onto a Navy ship. To see the reaction there was pretty emotional. I met a lot of men and women who serve our country and that's a pretty neat thing to be able to be part.
"Everything has been fun," he continued. "Going to the hospital and seeing that many kids and every single one was able to get a picture with the Cup. That was very important. Obviously the reception here (at Cole Harbour Place)…I knew there were tons of support here but that was way more than I could have imagined."
He said it truly hit him when he made the turn toward Cole Harbour Place and passed a strip mall with the Subway, grocery store and Tim Horton's -- three places he frequented as a kid growing up in Cole Harbour.
"When I made the turn, that was incredible," he said. "I don't know how many deep and there were people up on the hill. I used to go (to that strip mall) all the time and to see it different like that, it was like a dream. That was really neat seeing that."
More from Crosby tomorrow. For now, have a great night.Sid wraps up whirlwind day
08.07.2009 / 7:02 PM ET
Sid just met the media and said the day has been incredible and bigger and better than he envisioned.
I will have more on his thoughts later tonight.Dream come true
08.07.2009 / 6:38 PM ET
Andrew Newton, who grew up down the street from Sid and played in the game today, said he just realized his dream of playing for the Cup.A friendly twirl
08.07.2009 / 6:17 PM ET
Being a good friend Sid let them all take a twirl with it.
When he raised it the smile on his face was reminiscent of when Bettman handed it to him in Detroit.Sid wins the Cup... again
08.07.2009 / 6:09 PM ET
Of course, Sid and his 8 buddies played for the Cup.
And of course, Sid's team won. The final was 7-3 and they got to lift the Cup and pose for pics.Cup-worthy save
08.07.2009 / 5:40 PM ET
Crosby just went down on his right hip and stacked the pads to make a save.
By the way, there has to be 3,000 people still here watching. The hill is packed.Star attraction
08.07.2009 / 5:30 PM ET
Spectators are lining the fence at least four deep to see Sid play goal with his buddies. Pat Brisson, Sid's agent is here, too.Different positions
08.07.2009 / 5:27 PM ET
Max is not played due to his shoulder surgery last month, and Sid is in full goalie gear.A quick game
08.07.2009 / 5:20 PM ET
Sid and Max are lacing up rollerblades now for a quick game of ball hockey on the tennis courts here. Thousands of spectators have made their way down for it.Getting into his head
08.07.2009 / 5:03 PM ET
What was the very first thing that went through your mind when you won the Cup?
"Is this really happening?" Crosby answered.Numbers game
08.07.2009 / 4:55 PM ET
Who is the next 50-in-50 player?
Talbot said, "Sid, only if he puts a curve on his stick."
"I have to get 50 in 82 first."
Both players answered Evgeni Malkin
08.07.2009 / 4:51 PM ET
What rituals do you have before the game?
Talbot said, "This guy next to me is crazy with supersutions. I can't even go into them all..."
For the record, Sid puts everything on the right side first, and doesn't let anyone touch his stick. He said it's amazing, because nothing changes from game to game.Un-shared information
08.07.2009 / 4:45 PM ET
Who is the toughest defenseman to play against?
"I don't want to share that and give him the satisfaction."Q & A Time
08.07.2009 / 4:42 PM ET
Sid is now doing a fan Q & A with Max Talbot. He has already been asked about playoff beards, superstitions, and even a direct question about how many goals he scored when he was 8 years old. "I dont know, maybe a hundred."
One person wanted to know if her felt the vibe of Cole Harbour during the playoffs.
"I absolutely did."Peaceful minutes
08.07.2009 / 4:22 PM ET
Sid is finally - finally - getting a chance to relax and chill in an air conditioned room with one of his grandmothers and a few others. Quiet time is good.Wake-up juice
08.07.2009 / 3:55 PM ET
Sid is still signing and taking pictures. He looks physically exhausted. Can you blame him? Someone needs to get this guy some caffeine. He needs it. Still lots to do.A great big party
08.07.2009 / 3:39 PM ET
Max Talbot: "This is like Woodstock, only for Sidney Crosby
."The wrong spirit
08.07.2009 / 3:38 PM ET
Just spotted some guy wearing a Flyers jersey, but I don't think Crosby has seen him yet. At least, I hope not. He's definitely wearing the wrong colors to this party.Everyone wants a piece
08.07.2009 / 3:30 PM ET
Its indescribable how many autographs Crosby has given out today. He can't go five feet without being mobbed. He is now taking more photos with the fans and the Cup.His own holiday
08.07.2009 / 3:15 PM ET
They have proclaimed today Sidney Crosby
Day in Cole Harbour. I know, big surprise, right?Almost the real thing
08.07.2009 / 2:55 PM ET
As the elated and loud crowd wait to hear from the star of the show, they are being treated to a video montage of Crosby. We are backstage with Sidney now.Live on stage
08.07.2009 / 2:49 PM ET
We have arrived at Cole Harbour Place and the just sang 'Happy Birthday' to Sid. He is about to address them now from a big stage flanked by two video boards.There to see the Penguin
08.07.2009 / 2:31 PM ET
We are arriving at Cole Harbour Place and the report was true. The place is a zoo. I should say the cops have done a great job with crowd control.Everyone and their mother
08.07.2009 / 2:22 PM ET
A cop just told us there are 50,000-plus here. I asked how many people live in Cole Harbour, and he said, "This is the whole Maritimes, brother."Getting a following
08.07.2009 / 2:18 PM ET
As we pass people they start walking behind the parade and now we are driving with thousands of people walking right beside and behind us. Just crazy.'Kid' outdoes Sir Paul
08.07.2009 / 2:08 PM ET
Paul McCartney played for 25,000 at the Halifax Commons on July 11. There are way more people here in Cole Harbour today. Our local driver Barb cant believe it.No more 'Kid'
08.07.2009 / 1:55 PM ET
Just saw a sign that read, "No more Sid the Kid. You are Sid the Man." Today in Cole Harbour he most definitely is the man.Pride and proposals
08.07.2009 / 1:49 PM ET
The sign wecoming you to town reads, "Welcome to Cole Harbour, Home of Sidney Crosby
. Congratulations Sidney." Just spotted a girl holding a 'Marry Me' sign.Everybody joining in
08.07.2009 / 1:47 PM ET
People are on building roofs cheering. Thousands of people are lining Cole Harbour Rd. A church changed its marquee to read "Sid, you've made us proud."Making the march
08.07.2009 / 1:35 PM ET
Its one thing to be here for the parade, but NHL.com is now riding in the parade. Its the only way to get down to the finish line. The roads are all blocked.Sid-tracked
08.07.2009 / 1:25 PM ET
The parade is set to start and the band is playing but Sid had to take some moments to sign autographs and play with his dog, Samantha. She rocks.Out-of-car Chorus
08.07.2009 / 1:14 PM ET
Crosby popped out of the car and the crowd started singing happy birthday to him.Everything is in order
08.07.2009 / 1:13 PM ET
We drove up Cole Harbour Road to the start of the parade and the streets are lined with screaming people. There is a band that will be walking ahead of Sid.Already packed
08.07.2009 / 12:58 PM ET
We have gotten word that the area by Cole Harbour Place where the parade ends is already swimming with thousands of people. This parade is going to be crazy.Sid has left the building
08.07.2009 / 12:33 PM ET
Sid and the Cup are leaving the hospital now and are en route to the parade. He spent time with many patients and never stopped smiling. He is having a blast.Kid's play
08.07.2009 / 12:02 PM ET
Right now Sid is taking photos and talking with 70 or so kids in one of the playrooms. He is remarkable with these kids, who sang happy birthday to him.Goodwill and gifts
08.07.2009 / 11:40 AM ET
Crosby is meeting with a group of kids and a sick boy named Jacob hugged the Cup and gave Crosby a birthday gift. They wore hats to celebrate.Entourage
08.07.2009 / 11:27 AM ET
Crosby and the Cup (and his entourage) are in the childrens hospital. They arrived through an underground entrance but fans are everywhere.He shoots, he scores
08.07.2009 / 11:06 AM ET
Right now Crosby is at Citadel Hill shooting off the cannon to signify high noon. He'll be arriving at the childrens hospital soon. A crowd is waiting for him.Pen-ning their names
08.07.2009 / 10:26 AM
One thing I forgot to mention is that Crosby and Talbot each signed the Sea King helicopter they flew in to the dockyard. Thats an innovative autograph.
08.07.2009 / 10:17 AM
We are off to a local children's hospital.Convoy departing
08.07.2009 / 10:16 AM
Talbot is in a light armored vehicle and carrying the Prince of Wales Trophy. Troy Crosby and Sid's sister also boarded a LAV. The convoy is leaving the jetty.Reporting for duty
08.07.2009 / 10:13 AM
Crosby and the Cup just boarded a light armored vehicle. He is wearing a helmet with the No. 87 on it. Sid showed the crowd the 87 with a big smile on his face.
Operation Homecoming08.07.2009 / 9:45 AM
The crew of the HMCS Preserver is calling today's event Operation Homecoming.
Fan's delight08.07.2009 / 9:35 AM
"I am so nervous. I am in shock. I have to tell my dad about this as soon as I get home," Meagan Lunn, 16, said.
Military family08.07.2009 / 9:30 AMWalsh brought Meagan and Ryan Lunn to the stage for a pic with Crosby and the Cup. Their father, petty officer Mike Lunn, is in Afganistan now.
Commemorative coins and cake08.07.2009 / 9:18 AM Crosby was given 2 commemorative military coins and was told to put one at center ice in vancouver in february. They also had a birthday cake for him.
Dream fulfilled and then some08.07.2009 / 9:12 AM "I have always dreamed of winning the cup and have always thought of what I wanted to do. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would be this big."
Sid takes the stage08.07.2009 / 9:10 AM Crosby is on a stage now with the Cup and the Minister of Defense. Family members and former coaches are surrounding him.
Happy Birthday08.07.2009 / 9:09 AM A huge crowd has gathered on the docks and Crosby just raised the cup for them all to see. The crowd just sang happy birthday to him.
Deeply honored08.07.2009 / 8:53 AM "We are deeply honored. To have him come back is beyond words. It speaks to the true gospel of Sidney Crosby," Lt. Cmndr. Jim Hawkins on Hmcs Preserver.
Grand welcome08.07.2009 / 8:42 AM Crosby is on board the HMCS Preserver and shaking hands and signing autographs for military personnel. A few thousand people are lining the dock. Its just nuts.
Penguin takes flight08.07.2009 / 8:23 AM We (myself and NHL videographers Matt Coe and Tim O'Brien) are driving toward the naval ship and above us in the distance is Crosby's chopper. It's a race now.'Couldn't ask for a better gift'08.07.2009 / 8:08 AM ET "It's a good day," Crosby told NHL.com. "It's my birthday and I couldn't ask for a better gift. I am happy to share the Cup with everyone here."Prince of Wales takes the road08.07.2009 / 7:50 AM ET The Prince of Wales Trophy leaves by way of van with HHOF staff, but the Cup, Crosby, his dad Troy, and Talbot boarded the chopper bound for the naval ship.Smile for the camera08.07.2009 / 7:34 AM ET After taking photos with the Cup and military personnel Crosby gets a safety briefing for chopper and gets the gear on to take off... The Cup arrives08.07.2009 / 7:32 AM ET At 8:20 the Cup arrives. Crosby and an NHL camera crew go out to meet it. Max Talbot accompanied the Cup, which was in Montreal with Fleury last nite.So much to do ...08.07.2009 / 7:30 AM ET "It's going to be a busy day but a fun day," Crosby told NHL.com. "We have a lot planned in a 12 hour window." Helicopter touches down08.07.2009 / 6:47 AM ET The Sea King military helicopter that will take Crosby to the naval ship arrives at the Atlantic Skyservice gate at Stanfield Airport at 7:47 am.
The day begins08.07.2009 / 6:00 AM ET At 7 am here in Halifax we are on our way to the airport to meet Crosby and the Cup. It is the start of what should be a long, interesting and fun day.NHL.com is on the ground08.06.2009 / 8:50 PM ET
At 9:50 local time, NHL.com touched down in Halifax, N.S. The Cup doesnt arrive til tomorrow morning, but we are ready and i am guessing Crosby is as well. Crosby's big day almost here08.06.2009 / 3:45 PM ET
The Stanley Cup arrives in Halifax, N.S. Friday morning. Keeper of the Cup Phil Pritchard will de-plane at Stanfield International Airport and waiting for him and the world's most famous trophy will be arguably the world's most famous hockey player…and, of course, NHL.com. Sidney Crosby
gets his day (actually two since he is the captain) with the Cup on what just happens to be his 22nd birthday and we'll be there to document it all with videos, short and long blog entries and stories.
For the middle of the summer, this is a plush assignment.
Crosby's schedule is full and begins in earnest at 8:30 local time Friday morning. I better get my rest tonight.
After greeting the Cup at the airport, Crosby is expected to take a helicopter ride to the flight deck of the HMCS Preserver where he will meet a group of sailors, soldiers, airmen, airwomen and civilian employees as well as several dignitaries. He will eat breakfast on the ship with some former coaches before leaving to take the Cup to a local children's hospital.
From the hospital, Crosby will head out for the main event.
A parade for him and the Cup is planned for 2:30 local time in Cole Harbour, his hometown. Reports out of the area insist at least 40,000 people are expected to line the parade route and Crosby will address the crowd from Cole Harbour Place.
A Fan Zone is set up at Cole Harbour Place and events will begin as soon as Crosby leaves the stage. Fans will have an opportunity to take a photo with the Cup and a lucky 87 (what a number, eh?) will get the chance to take a photo with Crosby and the Cup.
Items from Crosby's childhood will be on display as Cole Harbour has put together a makeshift Crosby Hall of Fame. The Sam Roberts Band will be jamming as well.
It's the party of the century in Cole Harbour and NHL.com will be there. We'll also be hanging with the Kid on Saturday, so keep hitting that refresh button.
Author: Dan Rosen | NHL.com Staff Writer