A birth­day with Stan­ley

Sid­ney Crosby con­firms he’s bring­ing Cup back to Nova Scotia on Aug. 7

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Hockey su­per­star Sid­ney Crosby will mark his 30th birth­day by once again parad­ing the Stan­ley Cup in his home prov­ince of Nova Scotia.

In tweets sent out by the Sid­ney Crosby Hockey School in Cole Har­bour, N.S., res­i­dents were told Crosby would be hoist­ing the tro­phy in the streets of Hal­i­fax and Dart­mouth as part of an an­nual civic pa­rade.

“Get ready, the Stan­ley cup is com­ing to town!” Crosby con­firmed in the tweet sent late Tues­day night. “I will be tak­ing Lord Stan­ley to the streets Mon­day Au­gust 7th in the Hal­i­faxDart­mouth Natal Day pa­rade.”

The pa­rade, part of an­nual events that cel­e­brate Hal­i­fax’s birth­day, also hap­pens to fall on the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins cap­tain’s 30th birth­day –Aug. 7.

Natal Day chair­man Greg Hay­ward said he ex­pects an­other 25,000 peo­ple will be lin­ing the pa­rade route on top of the roughly 40,000 usual at­ten­dees.

“It’s ex­tremely ex­cit­ing to think that we’re go­ing to have Sid and the Cup in our Natal Day pa­rade,” Hay­ward said Wednes­day.

Hay­ward said he was ap­proached roughly 10 days ago about Crosby’s pos­si­ble in­clu­sion in the pa­rade, but it wasn’t con­firmed un­til he saw the tweet Tues­day night.

“They had some cer­tain re­quire­ments as far as Sid­ney and the Cup’s safety go and they talked to me about that, and we must have given them all the right an­swers, be­cause they came out last night and said, ‘We’re in’,” said Hay­ward.

The four-kilo­me­tre pa­rade starts at 10 a.m. on Got­tin­gen Street in Hal­i­fax’s north end and will travel across the Mac­don­ald Bridge be­fore end­ing up near Sul­li­van’s Pond in Dart­mouth.

Crosby has shown off pro­fes­sional hockey’s most pres­ti­gious tro­phy twice be­fore in his home­town of Cole Har­bour, just out­side Dart­mouth, 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 in swel­ter­ing heat.

At a news con­fer­ence last Wednes­day, 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 told re­porters at his hockey school in Cole Har­bour, where he had stopped by to help coach some young play­ers.

“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.

CP PHOTO

Sid­ney Crosby is bring­ing the Stan­ley Cup back to Nova Scotia next month.

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