Pittsburgh Penguins' Captain Sidney Crosby will captain Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics next month, with Jonathan Toews admitting that he knew he would miss out on the honor.
The Chicago Blackhawks star has captained his NHL side to two Stanley Cups, and is respected around the league amongst coaches and players.
Crosby even went to the lengths of contacting Toews indirectly to make sure the captaincy was something he was fine with missing out on.
Speaking to the Sun Times, Toews said, "I think everyone knows that Sidney was the guy. I’m just honored to have been in the conversation.”
Toews was a very close to getting the captaincy. He has led the Blackhawks to two Cups, whilst Crosby has led the Penguins to only one.
“Sidney Crosby wanted to make sure it was OK with him, just for the fact that he had won a couple Cups,” said Team Canada coach Mike Babcock.
“He’s held in high regard, to say the least, amongst coaches, amongst management, amongst players. He’s a huge part of the reason why they [Blackhawks] win as much as they do.”
Toews was flattered by the contact and he praised the character of Crosby.
“I’m sure he said that to be polite. Sidney asking the other guys for their approval, I don’t think he needed to do that, but that just shows what kind of guy he is. He’s obviously a great captain in Pittsburgh," added Toews.