There has been a lot of talk about Sidney Crosby, who might be wearing the "C" for Team Canada this upcoming Winter. But the real question is, is Sid the Kid ready for this? TSN Reporters and news analyst's have said that either way, it will be Sidney's Team.
Now, Sidney has done some amazing things this passed year. He has worked harder than he has ever worked before, and brought home a Stanley Cup to the City of Pittsburgh, and after that happened, people started to look at Crosby in a more positive way, a sort of "He Can Do Anything" kind of way. But is that really true? He is still one of the youngest most professional athletes in the NHL right now, but to ignore star players like Jarome Iginla, Scott Niedermayer, and Shane Doan who have already earned the respect and have worked longer for the opportunity's that they have been given in the past, just seem's a little like Sid the Kid is being blown out of proportion.
Now, don't get me wrong here, i love Sidney Crosby. I think he is one of the best players in the NHL and can stand up to anybody he wants and is hardly looked upon for bad leadership or unsportsmanlike behaviour, but i think it is still important to remember that we have players in the NHL that are still important to us and the league, and to make Sidney Crosby Captain over some of those players, seem's like a rush of the kid's career.
Before Sidney Crosby became Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins at just a tender age of 19, Sidney was asked earlier in the year to be Captain but turned it down simply by saying "i realize that it is a huge responsibility, and i just don't feel ready for that at the moment." After a while, he was asked again, and when he was ready, he felt more rounded as a player and felt that he could handle the pressure and responsibility that came with the job.
So who's to say that Sidney is ready to be Captain of Canada this year??
Like i said before, they have already quoted tons of times that either way, it will be Sidney's year to shine, and so far, it has been, with winning the cup, and bringing it back to his hometown. So why not let him shine without the "C" and see how things go from there?
I think that Sidney is still young, and i do think that he can be captain of Canada, but at this moment in time, he has more to learn, especially from the players that he will be playing with during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
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