|Birthday parties are always filled with surprises, but on Friday, August 7, 2009, Sidney Crosby's 22nd birthday included the Stanley Cup, and with it, more thrills and surprises than anyone could ever imagine. |
At 5:49 that morning, a private jet arrived in Montreal and picked up the Stanley Cup, the Prince of Wales Trophy, Pittsburgh Penguins' forward Maxime Talbot and the Keepers of the Cup, and then flew them to Halifax International Airport. Just before 8:00AM, the jet landed and was greeted by Sidney Crosby and his father, Troy.
Don't for one moment think that Sidney is the only hockey star in the Crosby household. While Mom, Trina, and little sister, 13-year-old Taylor, are pretty fine hockey players in their own right, Dad was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 12th round of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Although the netminder never reached the National Hockey League, his teammates with the Verdun Jr. Canadiens included such future NHL stars as Jimmy Carson, Claude Lemieux and Everett Sanipass.
The Canadian Armed Forces provided a Sea King helicopter (which was 23 years older than Sidney!) and flew the men to the Halifax Dockyard where they landed on the flight deck of the HMCS Preserver, a ship built in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1970 and through the decades, served Canada both nationally and internationally. Currently, it is docked in Halifax as part of the Canadian Navy's Atlantic Fleet.
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|Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup in front of cheering onlookers aboard the HMCS Preserver (Walt Neubrand/HHOF) |
| Crosby and the Stanley Cup aboard a vintage firetruck (Walt Neubrand/HHOF) |