Sidney Crosby Foundation and Hockey School

Sidney Crosby Foundation and Hockey School

The Sidney Crosby Hockey School welcomed 160 kids to Cole Harbour Place from as far away as Japan. Instead of making a few cameo appearances, Crosby spent every afternoon on the ice. He also scheduled meet-and-greet time so every camper received an autograph, a photo and a chance for one-on-one chitchat. “It meant a lot to me to have the hockey school,” Crosby said, “especially to have people come from different places, see Cole Harbour and experience what I did as a kid. It was really special.”


Counselors included NHL players such as Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon. Any proceeds benefitted the Sidney Crosby Foundation, which was started in 2009 and raises money for children-focused charities. “He's not making money off of it,” MacKinnon said. “I'm sure he's spending money to put it on. Plus, all the proceeds go to his foundation. “He could have had it in a big city, but he had it right in his hometown. He's such a good advocate for this area. He's always giving back.”


Crosby signed off on every detail and talked Soccer Canada into giving a presentation on the benefits of kids playing multiple sports. “If he's putting his name to something or involved with something, he wants it to be first class or something you can respect,” said his father, Troy Crosby. “He's very conscious of that.”


Shane Bowers, 16, is Nova Scotia's next up-and-coming talent. He grew up idolizing Crosby, not only for his play but also for how he represents his home province. “Growing up here, we don't have a ton of NHL guys,” Bowers said. “For Sid to be the best player in the world, come from Cole Harbour and to act the way he does, he's a big role model. Every kid around here looks up to him.”


After winning the Art Ross Trophy in 2006-07, Crosby took his bonus money and donated it to Cole Harbour's youth hockey association. Paul Mason, who coached Crosby in youth hockey and baseball and ran the hockey part of Crosby's camp, used the money to make more than 600 jerseys and repurpose them into travel bags. The money Crosby earned for Canada going undefeated at the 2015 IIHF World Championships went to Halifax Forum.