There must be something in the water in Cole Harbour. It's the H20 that both Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche grew up drinking. Therefore, a fair amount of evidence is in place to support the theory that the water has talent-producing properties.
They both went first overall in their respective birth years. Both were viewed as the savior of their respective franchise. And both, apparently, have a knack for shooting water bottles off the top of hockey nets.
MacKinnon and Crosby took part in a commercial shoot recently for that Ribcor VS RBZ stage 2 stick (because to the dogs with maintaining a conversational tone in your advertising) and showed off their shooting skills.
The Kid is known primarily as a playmaker, but has an incredible shot as well. MacKinnon is a speed demon that can launch deadly wristers from anywhere in the offensive zone. When they go head-to-head in a shooting contest, sheer awesomeness ensues.
The right-handed MacKinnon starts things off slow, launching a rather pedestrian shot at a water bottle, successfully knocking it down from its perch. Crosby surprisingly misses his follow-up attempt, but knocks his first bottle down on his second try.
The puck punching into the water bottles is one of the coolest sounds we've heard in quite some time, for the record. Impact-wise, it reminds us of the Hulk fighting Abomination in 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Also known as the good one, or the non-emo one, but we digress.
It's MacKinnon's turn next, and he wows the production crew by ripping a water bottle in half with a well-place wrist shot. Never one to be outdone, Sid rips off a snap shot that clips the final bottle and shatters the glass behind the net.
We're unsure if this is real or set up. Recent history shows that journalists love to confirm the legitimacy of viral ad campaigns after practices, so we'll likely know soon enough. For now, enjoy the show.