VANCOUVER, British Columbia – It only seems fitting for Sidney Crosby
that on the day that Team Canada will announce its 2014 Winter Olympic roster, the Penguins captain will be skating on the same ice where he scored the medal-winning goal that made him the 2010 Olympic hero.
The Penguins are in Vancouver and will face the Canucks on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, the same venue where the 2010 Gold Medal Game was held between Canada and USA.
On that fateful day in 2010, Crosby scored the dramatic overtime goal to lift Canada to gold. Nearly four years later he returned for the first time when the Penguins practiced Monday evening on the eve of Canada’s Olympic roster announcement.
“It’s a great memory,” Crosby said. “Coming back here you think about it a little bit. There are a lot of other things going on right now. It’s a great memory, but I’ve tried to move on.”
And moving on means he didn’t try to recreate the goal when he stepped on the ice.
“Did I re-enact it? No, once was good,” Crosby said with a smile. “It’s better than a second time in that spot. It was cool to get out there and picture it differently with the way the media was in the stands, the different set up. It’s nice to be back.”
Crosby’s position with Team Canada is basically a lock. The same can’t be said about other Olympic hopefuls on the Penguins roster. They shared their thoughts as the roster announcements loomed.
The Penguins boarded an early flight from Pittsburgh and made a long trip across North America to Vancouver. Once they landed, the team took a bus straight to the arena for practice.
All the healthy players were present and accounted for. They used the following workflow…