‘We like to see Sid­ney do well’

Mi­nor hockey coach proud to see Sid­ney Crosby hit 1,000 ca­reer points

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY ZANE WOOD­FORD

His former player was ex­pected to cross an elite thresh­old in the world of pro­fes­sional hockey, but it was no sur­prise to Sid­ney Crosby’s child­hood coach.

“We knew he was pretty spe­cial when he was younger,” Paul Ma­son said in an in­ter­view be­fore Thurs­day night’s game against the Win­nipeg Jets where No. 87 be­came the 86th player in NHL his­tory to score 1,000 points or more.

“When he kept over­com­ing those ob­sta­cles ev­ery time, and al­ways go­ing be­yond what peo­ple thought he would do … I guess noth­ing sur­prises us. We’re just so proud of him and the way he rep­re­sents our com­mu­nity so well … It’s just a sense of pride.”

Not the least of those ob­sta­cles has been Crosby’s health. Just a few years ago, his fu­ture in the league was un­cer­tain, dogged by con­cus­sion prob­lems. Ma­son said the Cole Har­bour com­mu­nity was wor­ried back then, but al­ways op­ti­mistic that the home­town boy would pull through.

“In life, ev­ery­one gets those mo­ments that make you won­der, and that might have been one of those mo­ments for him,” he said.

Crosby told the As­so­ci­ated Press a few weeks ago that back then, he didn’t know what his fu­ture held.

“A lot of things go through your head as far as play­ing again, get­ting to the level you think you can get to,” he said. “A lot of sit­ting around time, kind of wait­ing. It’s hard for that to not kind of cross your mind.”

Now Crosby’s join­ing a list with the game’s greats. He’ll be the eighth ac­tive NHLer to join the club, the third Nova Sco­tian, and the first from the Hal­i­fax area.

Ma­son said he doesn’t worry too much about mile­stones like this one be­cause he doesn’t think Crosby does ei­ther.

“In­di­vid­ual ac­co­lades and ac­com­plish­ments are nice, but we like to see Sid­ney do well, and I think do­ing well for him is his team get­ting a chance to win the Cup,” he said.

“He’s al­ready es­tab­lished him­self as one of the great­est of all time … Find­ing him on that list isn’t a shocker. He’s on ev­ery­one’s list in the top 100.”

AP PHOTO

Pitts­burgh Pen­guins’ Sid­ney Crosby ac­knowl­edges fans as he skates back to the bench after as­sist­ing on a goal by Chris Ku­nitz, for the 1,000th point of his NHL ca­reer, dur­ing the first pe­riod against the Win­nipeg Jets in a hockey game in Pitts­burgh, Thurs­day.

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