OTTAWA – “Sid the Kid” is now “Captain Canada.”
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, who lifted his home country to gold in Vancouver four years ago, will captain the Canadian hockey team in Sochi.
“You hear names being kind of thrown around,” Crosby said. “There’s so many leaders and so many guys capable of leading by example. It’s just an honor.”
The Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and the Nashville Predators’ Shea Weber will be alternate captains.
“Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams,” coach Mike Babcock said in a statement. “These three players will be at the forefront of our efforts in Sochi, but we are confident we have 25 players on our roster that will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful.”
Russia has already picked Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings as captain. It’s Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins for Slovakia and Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadiens for the Czech Republic.
Caroline Ouellette was chosen as captain of Canada’s women’s team.