Monday, January 10, 2011

Male on Monday - Sid the Kid

This Male on Monday PHS editor Donna Alward goes local - and golden.

It was almost a year ago that the world watched with held breath as the men's hockey teams battled it out for Gold in the Vancouver Olympics. In our time zone, it meant staying up until the early morning hours to watch every Canadian game and bags under the eyes the day after. Line assignments were debated, hands wrung, fists was craziness in the best possible way that ended perfectly - with Sidney Crosby scoring the gold medal goal in overtime.

Sid "The Kid" grew up about 20 minutes from where we live and everywhere he's spoken of with affection and pride, so I thought that since he's local - and since the Pink Heart Pick Review this month is a hockey book (Calling the Shots, Ellen Hartman) - he'd be the perfect choice for my first Male on Monday slot of 2011.

Sidney Crosby was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1987 to Troy Crosby and Trina Forbes-Crosby though he grew up in nearby Cole Harbour. Crosby lived with the Lemieux family in Sewickley, Pennsylvania from 2005 until 2010. In the spring of 2010, Crosby purchased his own home in the same area. In the summer of 2006 he bought his first house in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up, Sidney admired Steve Yzerman and, like his father, was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Crosby's number (87) and 2007 contract signing ($8.7 million per year) reflect his birthdate (8/7/87).

From age twelve to fifteen, Crosby attended Astral Drive Junior High School. He was a straight-A student and, according to the vice-principal, "an amazing role model who was really kind to students in the learning centre and to special needs kids." When he was fifteen, Crosby transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. Crosby then graduated from Harrison Trimble High School, in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2005.

In time for Crosby's first season, Gare Joyce issued a biography, Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm. The November 2005 edition of GQ Magazine featured him in a series of shirt-less photos.

The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby as their first overall pick on July 30th, 2005. Crosby entered the NHL as an eighteen year old and was put under the tutelage of the great Mario Lemieux. Even though Mario had to retire a few months into the season due to some health concerns, Crosby clearly took over the team as their best player on the ice. He finished his rookie season with 39 goals and 63 assits for 102 points and second in the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) voting to Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.

Some highlights -  on April 17, 2006, Crosby collected 3 assists against the New York Islanders to become the youngest NHL player (18 years, 243 days) to score 100 points in the regular season.

May 31, 2007 - The Pittsburgh Penguins made Sidney the youngest team captain in NHL history (19 years and 297 days old). The previous mark was held by Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier (19 years, 324 days).

And then of course there's that game-winning Gold Medal goal in the 2010 Olympics - believe me all of Halifax was screaming when the puck went over the line! Just looking for pics made me want to dig out the dvd's (yes, we actually bought them!)!

I went looking for a few quotes but the one I like the most is the following, because it speaks of a level of comfort and certainty. Sidney always comes across as polite, well-spoken, and grounded - a wonderful example of a young, successful athlete:
“I don't think there's ever a time where I step back and say I wish I was something different. I'm doing what I love to do.”

Donna's latest book is Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle, out now in Australia and New Zealand, and available via until next month when it hits stores. You can read an excerpt from it in any Harlequin series book this month!


  1. Well written, Donna. Enjoyed every word. Thank you.

    Didn't realize the significance of #87. Makes perfect sense to me NOW, of course!

    Yes, we Canadians are very proud of Sidney Crosby and many hockey players/teams. Go Canada Go!

  2. That was some gold medal game, wasn't it? Thanks for writing about a home town hero.

  3. I love that shot of Sidney looking at his gold medal. :-)

    As someone who lives in 'Cole Harbour - Home of Sidney Crosby', and with a mother who is in serious cougar-crush-mode for Sidney, we do a lot of Sidney admiring over at our house! Loved your post today, Donna!

  4. Ok Donna, you totally lost me with all the ice hockey stats!! Don;t know a thing about the game... Although that photo of your man with his chest showing certainly got my attention! I think we can all appreciate a man dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in his sport... Especially if that pursuit gives him really nice abs.

  5. This was great, Donna. I love Sydney Crosby and he's a great choice. Thanks for picking him!

  6. What a great pick Donna. I've long admired some of the Canadian hockey players. Since the mandatory helmet rule their faces don't get quite as knocked up these days. It's fantastic when a local person achieves success but even nicer if he happened to be a hunk.

    I've read Calling the Shots and it's a excellent story. Hope a few more people pick up a copy for the book club selection.