Best player in the world, "Sid the Kid", and captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Those are just some of the phrases associated with Sidney Crosby. Now there can be another one added to that list – captain of Team Canada. Hockey Canada announced today that they have named Crosby the captain for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. This is the first time that Crosby has received this honor as Scott Niedermayer wore the "C" back in 2010.
Crosby leads all NHL players with 68 points this season. No other player has more than 60. He is an extremely talented player who presents a mismatch for anyone he goes up against. He is the leader of the Penguins and now will be called upon to be the leader of Team Canada. This is Crosby's second time representing Canada in the Olympics. He was an alternate captain in 2010.
Forward Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators have been named the alternate captains. Toews sits 10th in the league with 48 points and is one of the best two-way players in the NHL. He was named the best forward at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Weber has 33 points this season and leads all defensemen with 12 goals. He has a powerful right handed shot and will more than likely play the point on Canada's power play.
Canada's first game takes place on Thursday, February 13 against Norway. They won gold in 2010 and are amongst the favorites this year to win it again. They have a talented roster and it certainly doesn't hurt to have the best player in the world as your captain.
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