Marc-Andre Fleury and Sidney Crosby have developed quite the friendship over the years.
Both first overall selections by the Pittsburgh Penguins (Fleury in 2003, Crosby in 2005), the two helped lead Pittsburgh to three Stanley Cups and were key figures in rejuvenating hockey in the city. The 2017-18 campaign marked the first the two played on separate teams since the latter entered the league, but Fleury made it clear that Crosby’s leadership both on and off the ice stuck with him while he made the transition over to the Vegas Golden Knights. On the final media day before Stanley Cup action kicks off on Monday night, Fleury made sure to give his former captain a shout out.
Crosby’s on-ice dominance is obviously well-documented, but his actions off the ice have been just as impressive. We’ve seen athletes get caught in the spotlight as fame’s settled in, but ‘Sid the Kid’ has been nothing but a strong ambassador for the NHL since entering the NHL. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman couldn’t have asked for a better star.
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As Fleury prepares for his fifth Stanley Cup Final, we’re guessing his old friend will be cheering him on from home. Especially since it’s against his team’s division rival Washington Capitals.