Chicago, IL, United States (4E Sports) – Sidney Crosby sought center Jonathan Toews’ approval before accepting the responsibility of being Team Canada’s captain, according to head coach Mike Babcock.
“Crosby wanted to make sure it was OK with him because of the fact that he’s won a couple Cups,” said Babcock after naming Crosby as team skipper and Toews and Shea Weber alternates for the Sochi Games
“Toews is held in high regard, to say the least, amongst coaches, amongst management, amongst players, and he’s a huge reason [the Chicago Blackhawks] win as much as they do,” he added.
Babcock added that naming Crosby captain wasn’t necessarily a no-brainer due to Toews’ resume that includes two Stanley Cups.
For Toews, being named alternate captain was an honor enough.
“I think everyone knows that Sidney was the guy,” the Blackhawks captain said. “I’ll be excited to accept any role I get. If it’s more of a leadership role, I’m excited for that challenge.”
“For Sidney to ask the other guys for their approval, I don’t think he needed to do that,” Toews said. “That just shows the kind of guy he is and obviously a great captain in Pittsburgh.”