Jan 22, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the puck against the Montreal Canadiens during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Sochi Olympics: Sidney Crosby asked for Jonathan Toews' blessing to be captain

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby is the best hockey player on the planet but that didn’t mean he was a slam dunk to be Team Canada’s captain for the 2014 Sochi Olympics as Chicago Blackhawks captain and two-time Stanley Cup Champion was asked for Crosby’s blessing, according to Craig Custance.

“Crosby wanted to make sure it was OK with him because of the fact that he’s won a couple Cups,” Team Canada coach Mike Babcock said. “[Toews is] held in high regard, to say the least, amongst coaches, amongst management, amongst players, and he’s a huge reason [the Chicago Blackhawks] win as much as they do.”

Toews was perhaps the best player on Team Canada in the last Winter Olympics and was instrumental in them winning the God Medal as was Crosby who scored the game-winning goal against Ryan Miller and Team USA to win the gold.

“I think everyone knows that Sidney was the guy,” the Blackhawks captain said Wednesday. “I’ll be excited to accept any role I get. If it’s more of a leadership role, I’m excited for that challenge. It’s a quick two weeks, everyone really focuses on their own game but also tries to find that team chemistry that is going to make a difference for us.”

Toews was named as an alternate captain along with Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators and for Crosby to even approach Towes about this situation reflects to Crosby’s leadership. In any event, the two young centermen are among the best players in the world and two of the finest captains in the NHL.

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