Very happy birth­day for Crosby

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Chil­dren reach out to touch the Stan­ley Cup car­ried by Pen­guins’ cap­tain Sid­ney Crosby at a pa­rade in Ri­mouski, Que.

HAL­I­FAX — NHL su­per­star Sid­ney Crosby said it’s “just a num­ber,” as he turned 30 on Mon­day and bran­dished the Stan­ley Cup in a pa­rade that wound through Hal­i­fax in his na­tive Nova Sco­tia.

Crosby rode on the back of a white pickup truck as mar­shal of the city’s an­nual Na­tal Day pa­rade, wav­ing to thou­sands of fans who lined the streets for a glimpse of “Sid the Kid” and the revered cup.

Crosby told re­porters he’d en­joy the cel­e­bra­tions be­fore set­ting his sights on train­ing camp with the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins later this month. The team will be mak­ing a bid for its third straight cham­pi­onship.

“I have a pretty good un­der­stand­ing of how hard two is, so I don’t imag­ine what three must be like. I’d love to find out,” Crosby said.

“It’s gonna be tough but we’re go­ing to train­ing camp with that in mind so it’ll be a big challenge but, you know, why not?”

The three-time Stan­ley Cup champ said NHL hockey just keeps get­ting faster, “And I like that.” He smiled when asked if, at 30, he has any grey hairs yet. “Lots,” he said to laugh­ter from the room. “Greys and whites.”

THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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