OTTAWA, Ontario — Sidney Crosby will captain the Canadian hockey team at the Olympics.
After the Pittsburgh Penguins star scored the gold-medal-winning overtime goal against the United States in Vancouver four years ago, he’s the natural choice in Sochi. Along with leading the NHL in scoring, the 26-year-old center is the face of the league and hockey in Canada.
Hockey Canada announced Sunday morning that the Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews and the Predators’ Shea Weber would be alternate captains.
Crosby was made the youngest captain in NHL history when he got the “C’’ for the Penguins 6½ years ago. In 2009, he raised the Stanley Cup as captain.
At the 2010 Olympics, Crosby was an alternate along with Chris Pronger and Jarome Iginla. Veteran defenseman Scott Niedermayer captained that team and said before his Hockey Hall of Fame induction in November that he had no doubt Crosby was ready to assume the role.