Nathan MacKinnon's streak wows Cole Harbour

The latest NHL star from Cole Harbour, N.S., is storming his way through the playoffs.

Nova Scotia community's latest NHL star inspires young players

Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly (90) is congratulated by teammate Nathan MacKinnon (29) after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild during the second period in Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Thursday in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

The latest NHL star from Cole Harbour, N.S., is storming his way through the playoffs. 

Nathan MacKinnon scored the overtime winner for the Colorado Avalanche Saturday against the Minnesota Wild and leads the league in playoff points. 

The 18-year-old rookie has his hometown cheering him on. 

I want to do what Nathan MacKinnon is doing. He's a hard worker and he doesn't give up.- Jack Plandowski

John Greenwood, the hockey director at Maritime Hockey Academy, coached MacKinnon in his peewee and bantam days. 

"It's an exciting team and I'm really excited to see how he's doing," he said. 

"He was a pretty special player at that age. We knew he was going to be pretty good. We're pretty excited about how he's doing now, of course."

MacKinnon brought a Memorial Cup to the Halifax Mooseheads last season and is a top candidate for the NHL's rookie of the year this season. 

That's inspiring young players like nine-year-old Jack Plandowski.

"I want to do what Nathan MacKinnon's doing," the Maritime Hockey School student said. "He's a hard worker and he just doesn't give up."

MacKinnon is just the latest NHL player out of Cole Harbour. Sidney Crosby and Joe Dipenta already have Stanley Cups — MacKinnon hopes he gets his this year.