Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon have been spending part of this off-season running the first Sidney Crosby Hockey School in Cole Harbour, but the hockey camp isn’t the only way the two NHL stars are giving back to their hometown.
Crosby and MacKinnon, who were both part of the Canadian squad that won gold at the 2015 World Championship, have donated their shares of the winnings to the Cole Harbour Hockey Association. According to the Chronicle Herald, Hockey Canada’s Tom Renney presented Crosby and MacKinnon with checks Wednesday for their participation, and the pair of first overall picks saw it as a way to give back to the community in which they played the game as children. The value of the checks was not disclosed.
“Obviously this is where Nate and I started so to have the opportunity to give back and…to be able to have it go directly to the minor hockey associations that we were apart of means a lot to us,” Crosby told the Chronicle Herald. “I’m sure it’ll go a long way so we certainly appreciate (Renney) taking the time to come here and share his experience and wisdom with people here, and educate them. For the parents who were here and listened to him, I’m sure it means a lot that he would take time out of his busy schedule to come here.”
Canada earned $1 million Swiss Francs through a promotion by Infront Sports & Media at the World Championship for winning each of their games in regulation.
“With that millon-dollar prize, I had good conversations with Sid about what we wanted to do with that and one of the things Sid wanted to do was donate money back to his minor hockey association,” Renney told CTV.
On top of the hockey school and donation to the minor hockey association, Crosby and MacKinnon have been giving back to their community in other ways. Earlier in the off-season, the duo was spotted working a drive-thru at a Tim Hortons, albeit as part of a commercial shoot for the coffee shop, and they made a surprise visit to the home of a local boy who has been fighting cancer.
“I think that having been in the league a while, the importance of giving back — you see it more and more and you take that to heart a little bit more,” Crosby told the Chronicle Herald. “I definitely wanted to find a way to be able to do that.”
The camp itself is giving back in more ways than one. All proceeds, Crosby said, are going to the Sidney Crosby Foundation, which teams with the Breakfast Club of Canada to provide breakfast programs in schools across the country. When asked whether or not his camp would be a one-off, Crosby told the Chronicle Herald he intends to do it all again next summer, but added he wasn’t sure if he would expand it or not.