Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hockey Superstar Sidney Crosby Honoured as Top N.S. Athlete of All Time

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Hockey Superstar Sidney Crosby Honoured as Top N.S. Athlete of All Time

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Crosby named top N.S. athlete of all time

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HALIFAX - Acclaimed hockey superstar Sidney Crosby has another bullet point to add to his growing list of accolades, having been honoured as the top Nova Scotia athlete of all time at a gala dinner Thursday night.

The Cole Harbour, N.S. native was voted number one in a list of the province's top 15 athletes compiled by the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame, which hosted the dinner and fundraiser at the Halifax Convention Centre.

More than 1,000 people packed into the centre's spacious ballroom for the event in celebration of the province's greatest players.

In a question-and-answer session with hall of fame CEO Bruce Rainnie, Crosby said his success in hockey is largely motivated by his love of the game.

"I think I've understood over the years that you have a small window to do something you love, and for whatever reason, that was instilled pretty early," said Crosby.

"I know that at one point it's going to stop, but I want to make sure that I enjoy every minute of it."

Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, brought the Stanley Cup to Halifax after each of his three championships, including in 2016 and 2017. This year, his team was eliminated by the Washington Capitals, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Now 30, Crosby was named team captain just over 10 years ago, and became the youngest NHL captain to lead his team to a Stanley Cup victory in over 100 years in 2009.

"I think leadership comes in a lot of different forms, a lot of different ways," said Crosby Thursday night. "It takes, definitely, more than one guy. You need a group of leaders."

According to Rainnie, the top 15 list was voted on by 36 Nova Scotian athletes, coaches and media representatives, as well as by members of the public.

Other living top athletes in attendance Thursday included curling legend and CBC reporter Colleen Jones, Hockey Hall of Famer Al MacInnis, Olympic canoeing medallist Steve Giles, kayaking world champion Karen Furneaux, Paralympic gold medallist Jamie Bone, Olympic kayaking medallist Mark de Jonge and Canada's top gymnast Ellie Black. …

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