Unsurprisingly Sidney Crosby has been named as Canada’s hockey captain at next month’s Sochi Olympics. Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins captain, scored the gold medal winning overtime goal against the US at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver four years ago.Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks have been named as alternate captains.
The team’s couch, Mike Babcock, said, “Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams. 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.”
After the announcement Crosby told reporters that “Playing for Team Canada, playing in the Olympics is a great opportunity. But being able to be named the captain is definitely an honour.”
Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history six and a half years ago at the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the 2010 Olympics he was an alternate captain and all agree that he is more than ready to assume the role of Captain.
Canada begins its Olympic campaign against Norway on February 13th.