Four years ago, it was Sidney Crosby who buried a snap shot through the five-hole of Ryan Miller in overtime of the gold medal game to give Team Canada the most coveted prize in international hockey. Now, head coach Mike Babcock has named him the captain for the Sochi Games.
Before it became official however, Crosby wanted the approval of one man – Jonathan Toews.
It isn't difficult to see why.
Even though he is considered by many to be the face of the NHL and the best hockey player in the world, Crosby has had his share of controversy during his career with the Penguins. He's been nicknamed "Cindy" Crosby by some hockey fans and, even though he has gotten better as he grew older, was one of the main examples of how diving and embellishment was becoming a part of hockey. Even nowadays, it's rare that Crosby isn't in the refs ear after a questionable call.
On the other hand there's Jonathan Toews, who is held in the highest regards by opposing teammates, coaches, and management. He has also won two Stanley Cups to Crosby's one.
Toews and Shea Weber were announced the assistant captains of Team Canada, and in typical Toews fashion he responded to how he felt about Crosby being named the captain with the highest level of class.
"I think everyone knows that Sidney is the guy," the Chicago Blackhawks captain said Wednesday. "I'll be excited to accept any role I get. If it's more of a leadership role, I'm excited for that challenge. It's a quick two weeks, everyone really focuses on their own game but also tries to find that team chemistry that is going to make a difference for us."
One thing is for sure, Team Canada will not be short of leadership. Even though Crosby will be the only one wearing a "C" on his jersey, there are six different NHL captains on the roster. Crosby, Toews, Weber (Nashville Predators), Ryan Getzlaf (Anaheim Ducks), John Tavares (New York Islanders) and Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) will all be vying for Canada to retain the gold.
It comes to no surprise that Crosby was named the captain, but asking for the approval from one of the most respected players in the game is truly something special.
The way Toews responded makes the story that much better.
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