Sidney Crosby to captain Canada
OTTAWA, Ontario -- "Sid the Kid" is now "Captain Canada."
"You hear names being kind of thrown around," Crosby said. "There's so many leaders and so many guys capable of leading by example. It's just an honor."
The 26-year-old currently leads the NHL in scoring and has become the face of both the NHL and hockey in Canada.
"Sidney, Jonathan and Shea have been leaders on the international stage in the past, as well as with their NHL teams," coach Mike Babcock said in a statement. "These three players will be at the forefront of our efforts in Sochi, but we are confident we have 25 players on our roster that will lead in their own way and allow our team to be successful."
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. Crosby said he heard from Babcock "a couple days ago" but doesn't expect much to change with the new title.
"I don't know if you need a boost or any extra motivation or any extra excitement for the Olympics," Crosby said. "I don't think it changes my mindset going in, but I think as we get closer, I get excited for it."
Veteran defenseman Scott Niedermayer captained the 2010 team and said before his Hockey Hall of Fame induction in November that he had no doubt Crosby was ready to assume the role.
Caroline Ouellette, a three-time Olympic gold medalist (2002, '06, '10), was named captain of Canada's women's team. Ouellette, who has been a member of Team Canada since 1999, has 238 points (85 goals, 153 assists) in 210 games. Hayley Wickenheiser was named permanent alternate captain, while Jayna Hefford and Catherine Ward will wear an "A" on an alternating basis.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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