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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby named Nova Scotia’s greatest athlete

July 31, 2018

Cole Harbour native Sidney Crosby was honored as Nova Scotia’s greatest athlete Thursday night.

In a nearly unanimous vote, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was honored as Nova Scotia’s greatest athlete at a ceremony Thursday night in Halifax.

Crosby, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time winner of the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and Olympic gold medal, finished ahead of two-time world champion curler Colleen Jones and NHL great Al MacInnis in the balloting of 36 athletes, coaches, media members and Nova Scotia sports experts.

“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,” Crosby said during a Q-and-A session at the ceremony, according to the Canadian Press. “I know that at one point it’s going to stop, but I want to make sure that I enjoy every minute of it.”

Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame CEO Bruce Rainnie told the Canadian Press that 35 of 36 first-place votes went to Crosby, a Cole Harbour native.

The list was long on variety and short on hockey players.

The rest of the top 10 was Olympic swimmer Nancy Garapick, turn-of-the-century boxers Sam Langford and George Dixon, marathon runner Johnny Miles, sprinter Aileen Meagher, canoeist Steve Giles and softball player Mark Smith.

Longtime NHL scorer Glen Murray, former Penguins great Lowell MacDonald and active NHL stars Brad Marchand and Nathan MacKinnon did not make the list.

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