Nova Scotia

RCMP dog named after Sidney Crosby

Students at Sidney Crosby's former elementary school got to meet the beloved hockey player's furry, crime-fighting namesake on Monday.

Students in Cole Harbour, N.S., win contest to name police force's new litter

Students at Sidney Crosby's former elementary school got to meet the beloved hockey player's furry, crime-fighting namesake on Monday.

Crosby the RCMP dog made a special visit to Colby Village Elementary School in Cole Harbour, N.S., to meet the students who named him.

The Grade 6 students got to pet the 11-week-old German shepherd and take his picture.

The other Crosby — the NHL star and Olympic hero — wasn't there.

The students won a national RCMP contest to name the new litter. The class received a plaque and a toy dog named after Justice, the first puppy from the RCMP's breeding program to serve as a police dog.

The RCMP said it received a record 9,125 entries for its national Name the Puppies contest this year. Submissions had to begin with the letter C and be only one or two syllables long.

"The qualities of a good student and person Sidney demonstrated as a student at our school, he continues to demonstrate as a professional athlete," the Grade 6 class wrote in the letter it submitted for the RCMP contest. "Our class feels that a police working dog also should have these qualities: dedication, determination, respect and loyalty."

The students said they chose the name Crosby because it has national significance.

"It was a debate between Colby and Crosby, and we had a vote, and I think most people decided that Crosby would be more representative name for Canada 'cause Colby is just one place and Crosby represents all of Canada," student Sydney Carroll said.

Teacher Graham Pierce said his students didn't think they'd win the contest.

"We talked about probability of winning, but sometimes, you hit the jackpot, and we did with the name Crosby," he said. "To win was spectacular but to actually meet the puppy here today? They are just beside themselves with excitement."

Const. Andrew Robinson, who is training Crosby, the puppy, for the next year, said it will be difficult to give him up at the end of the year.

"I'm sure it will be [difficult]," Robinson said. " I'm sure I'll grow pretty attached to him. He's a pretty cute guy."

The national police force has 135 dog teams for general investigations and 24 specialty dogs to detect drugs and bombs.