Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon make hometown proud with NHL awards
Should Cole Harbour make room on their welcome sign for another name?
Not one, but two hockey superstars out of Cole Harbour brought home some serious hardware after the NHL league's post-season awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
Seven years after Sidney Crosby won his first Hart Trophy, the 26-year-old Pittsburgh Penguins captain has been recognized as the NHL's best once again.
Crosby collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion, the Ted Lindsay Award as the players' choice for the NHL's most outstanding player and the Hart Memorial Trophy for most valuable player.
But some people believe the welcome sign to Cole Harbour should make room next to Crosby's name for Nathan MacKinnon, who walked away with the prestigious Calder Memorial Trophy for rookie of the year.
At 18 years old, MacKinnon is the youngest player to claim that honour.
As a result of their successes, CBC and Rogers are now in negotiations with Cole Harbour to host the next Hockey Day in Canada in the town next winter.
Something in the water?
Both Crosby and MacKinnon grew up in the same minor hockey league and went to the same prep school in Minnesota. They were both first draft picks in the Quebec Major Junior League and the NHL.
Their success raises the question: what's in Cole Harbour's water?
"Nothing in the water. It's a good hockey community like many around Canada," said Paul Mason, a veteran in minor hockey circles and Crosby's former coach.
Tom Ward, the director of hockey at the prep school where MacKinnon and Crosby played, said there's something special about the area.
"You know since Sidney came on the scene, we've certainly had a good list of really, really good players from Cole Harbour that have actually come through our school," he said.
"Man, he has really put Cole Harbour hockey on the map."
Joe DiPenta, who won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, also hails from Cole Harbour.
"It's certainly proud for me, coming before them just to see where it's at today and how it's grown as far as its notoriety across the world," he said.
For anyone looking to hop on the Crosby-MacKinnon bandwagon there's a waiting list for merchandise.
Sportwheels Sporting Goods in Lower Sackville has been sold out of jerseys for a month now, as well as water bottles, pucks and mini sticks.
"They're a very hot commodity. They're local boys. Everybody wants the stuff," said Kevin Marriott, manager of Sportwheels Sporting Goods.