Hur­ri­canes sign Slavin for seven years

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Carolina Hur­ri­canes and de­fence­man Jac­cob Slavin have agreed to a seven-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Gen­eral man­ager Ron Fran­cis on Wed­nes­day said the deal be­gins in 2018-19 and will carry an av­er­age an­nual value of $5.3 mil­lion through the 2024-25 sea­son. Fran­cis says the 23-year-old Slavin is “one of the cor­ner­stones of our team” and “one of the top young de­fence­men in the NHL to­day.” In his sec­ond sea­son in the NHL in 2016-17, Slavin had 34 points, five goals, 29 as­sists. He also led the team with 161 blocked shots, 83 take­aways and an av­er­age time on ice of about 23 1/2 min­utes.

Hockey su­per­star Sidney Crosby has hinted he will mark his 30th birth­day by once again parad­ing the Stan­ley Cup around his home­town in Nova Sco­tia.

Speak­ing to re­porters Wed­nes­day at his an­nual youth hockey camp in Cole Har­bour, N.S., Crosby con­firmed he will have the Cup on Aug. 6 and 7.

Crosby said his plans for the tro­phy are still in the works, but he noted there is an an­nual, civic pa­rade in nearby Hal­i­fax on Aug. 7 — his 30th birth­day.

“The Na­tal Day pa­rade is on the Mon­day ... so we’re kind of throw­ing that idea around,” Crosby said, re­fer­ring to the event that cel­e­brates Hal­i­fax’s birth­day.

“That seems like it would be a good fit.”

Crosby added he wants as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to see the tro­phy.

The Pitts­burgh Penguins cap­tain has shown off pro­fes­sional hockey’s most pres­ti­gious tro­phy twice be­fore in Cole Har­bour — in 2009 and 2016.

Last July, Crosby car­ried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Har­bour as thou­sands of cheer­ing fans looked on amid swel­ter­ing heat.

Crosby re­called hoist­ing the Cup above his head many times as the truck crawled along the For­est Hills Park­way for just over half a kilo­me­tre.

“I had a lit­tle bit of a later night the night be­fore, too, so it was tough,” he said with a laugh.

“But it was fun. To see ev­ery­one turn out, you see all the chairs and ev­ery­one camped out on the sides. It’s an ex­pe­ri­ence. When you think about bring­ing the Cup home, that’s the snap­shots you have, see­ing the amount of peo­ple that are there.”

Each player of the Cup-win­ning NHL team gets brief cus­tody of the tro­phy.

Crosby’s an­nual hockey camp for boys and girls age nine to 12 ben­e­fits his foun­da­tion for un­der­priv­i­leged kids.

On Wed­nes­day, Crosby stopped by the camp to help coach some young play­ers, don­ning a navy blue jacket and ball cap, both em­bla­zoned with his hockey school’s logo.

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Sidney Crosby

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