An­other pretty as­sist by Sid­ney Crosby

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

This ap­peared in the Hal­i­fax Chron­i­cle-Her­ald: Leave it to Sid­ney Crosby to lift birth­day cel­e­bra­tions to an­other level with a trade­mark classy as­sist.

Hav­ing had two Stan­ley Cup win cel­e­bra­tions in his home­town, Cole Har­bour, N.S., Crosby de­cided to spread the good vi­bra­tions. He would cel­e­brate his hat trick of Stan­ley Cup vic­to­ries, and a pair of birth­days, by parad­ing the cov­eted tro­phy through the streets of Hal­i­fax and Dart­mouth.

That’s just what hap­pened un­der sunny skies on Natal Day, Mon­day, putting a special ex­cla­ma­tion mark on this year’s Hal­i­fax-Dart­mouth Natal Day Pa­rade.

Crosby has firmly carved his place among the best in the game of hockey. On Mon­day, as he cel­e­brated his own 30th birth­day and third Stan­ley Cup win, and as we cel­e­brated our cap­i­tal city’s birth­day, the Pitts­burgh Penguins cap­tain pro­vided yet an­other ex­am­ple of his char­ac­ter and love of his lo­cal roots.

This year was the first time in al­most two decades that the NHL has a re­peat Stan­ley Cup win­ner. That cer­tainly so­lid­i­fies Crosby’s place among the best of the best.

None of his suc­cess has come easy. Just a few years ago an in­jury left many won­der­ing if he would be able to play again as the ef­fects of a con­cus­sion cast a shadow over his health and abil­ity to play the game he loved. He missed more than 100 games be­tween Jan­uary 2011 and March 2012. All the more rea­son for cel­e­bra­tion now.

All ic­ing on the cake for Crosby and his home­town and prov­ince.

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