Sid spot­ting hits Cape Bre­ton

Visit of Crosby and fel­low NHL star Nathan MacKin­non trends on so­cial media

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID JALA

Thanks to so­cial media, the days when a celebrity could pop into town and leave un­no­ticed are long gone.

That was cer­tainly the case this week­end with many re­ports com­ing in from across Cape Bre­ton that two of the best hockey play­ers on the planet are on the is­land.

So­cial media sites such as Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram were buzzing with words and pic­tures of sight­ings and in­ter­ac­tions with Nova Sco­tia hockey stars Sid­ney Crosby and Nathan MacKin­non.

Fif­teen-year-old Nick Caverzan, of Syd­ney was one of the for­tu­nate fans lucky enough to meet up with the pair. He even man­aged to get him­self pho­tographed with both of the Na­tional Hockey League play­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to Caverzan, af­ter hear­ing that Crosby and MacKin­non were golf­ing at Seav­iew in North Syd­ney, he and friend Daniel Del­lorusso made their way to the course in hopes of see­ing their hockey he­roes.

“They were al­ready golf­ing when we got there so we waited along with a crowd of other peo­ple, and then af­ter they fin­ished ev­ery­body gath- ered around their golf cart,” said Caverzan.

“But be­cause it was hard for peo­ple to get to them they got out — most peo­ple crowded around Sid­ney Crosby be­cause he’s a su­per­star, but I waited back and talked with Nathan MacKin­non and that was cool.”

The Syd­ney teen said the only thing he had for MacKin­non to sign was his Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors hat, but that the 19- year-old mem­ber of the Colorado Avalanche didn’t mind au­to­graph­ing an op­po­si­tion cap.

Mom Sheila even took to Twit­ter with a com­pli­men­tary tweet about the play­ers: “@Mack­in­non9 thanks to you and Sid for mak­ing my son’s day to­day, even if he asked you to sign an Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors hat :)”

The word on so­cial media is that Crosby and MacKin­non, both of whom helped Canada claim the gold medal at the 2015 World Hockey Cham­pi­onship, are in Cape Bre­ton to at­tend a wed­ding.

So far, the pair has also been seen at the Cabot Links golf course in In­ver­ness, in down­town Syd­ney and in New Water­ford.

Cyn­thia Camp­bell tweeted: “Can of­fi­cially scratch talk­ing to Sid­ney Crosby and Nathan MacKin­non off my buck­etlist.”

Wrote Karalee Gil­lis: “Sid­ney Crosby was lit­er­ally 2 steps away from my house to­day.”

Another sim­ply stated: “I love Sid­ney Crosby.”

Other online posters, in­clud­ing loleina who wrote in a fo­rum called ‘ Where in the World is Sid­ney Crosby?’, com­mented on the new scruffy ap­pear­ance of the Pittsburgh Pen­guins cap­tain: “The older he gets, the more good look­ing he gets. I like how he still looks so young when he shaves but can pull off the scruffy man look ... even his hair, he can rock a longer curly hair­cut just as good as short hair!”

Some had some fun with the lighter side of celebrity spot­ting, in­clud­ing a Twit­ter ac- count called Heard in CB Bars that posted the fol­low­ing: “We gotta go out tonight, Sid­ney Crosby might buy us na­chos.”

The 27-year-old Crosby has also been the fo­cus of some heated online de­bate as to whether or not he is still the best player in the world.

For lo­cal hockey fans who watched No. 87 play for the Ri­mouski Océanic in his ma­jor ju­nior days, it may be hard to be­lieve that Crosby has al­ready played 10 NHL sea­sons. Dur­ing that time he also hoisted the Stan­ley Cup and was part of two Cana­dian teams that won Olympic gold medals. He scored 28 goals and added 56 as­sists for 84 points in 77 games with the Pen­guins in 2014-15.

As for MacKin­non, he might still be con­sid­ered to be in the emerg­ing star cat­e­gory. Although he won’t turn 20 un­til Sept. 1, he has al­ready played two sea­sons with the Avalanche af­ter be­ing se­lected first over­all in the NHL’s 2013 en­try draft. MacKin­non won the Calder Tro­phy as the league’s top rookie in his first sea­son with Colorado. In his sopho­more sea­son with the Avs, MacKin­non net­ted 14 goals and chipped in 24 helpers in 64 games.

SUB­MIT­TED BY SHEILA CAVERZAN

NHL su­per­star Sid­ney Crosby stopped to pose for some pic­tures with fans af­ter a round at the Seav­iew Golf Club on Fri­day. Here, Crosby made some time for Daniel Del­lorusso and Nick Caverzan, who made their way to the North Syd­ney course to seek out Crosby and fel­low hockey star Nathan MacKin­non.

SUB­MIT­TED BY SHEILA CAVERZAN

Daniel Del­lorusso, left, and Nick Caverzan flank Nathan MacKin­non af­ter the Colorado Avalanche player fin­ished a round with Sid­ney Crosby at the Seav­iew Golf Club in North Syd­ney. The lo­cal lads made a spe­cial trip to the North­side af­ter hear­ing that the two NHL stars were at the golf course.

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