The Oceanic will take off Sidney Crosby’s jersey
The greatest player in the history of the Rimouski Océanic, Sidney Crosby will be entitled to the ultimate honor on September 27, when his famous number 87 will pass on the side of the immortals at the time of the withdrawal of his jersey in the frame opening game that will kick off the 25th anniversary celebrations of the QMJHL team.
Intwo seasons with the Océanic, Crosby left his mark before winning in the National League under the colors of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A native of Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, Crosby has 120 goals and 303 points in 121 games in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005. He was instrumental in winning the 2005 Océanic President’s Cup, which also participated in the Memorial Cup.
The number 87 Crosby will be the sixth jersey removed in the history of the Oceanic, the others being those of Allan Sirois (11), Vincent Lecavalier (4), Brad Richards (39), Jonathan Beaulieu (9) and Michel Ouellet (28)
“Sidney Crosby is a great man, the best hockey player in the world and he still carries our region, our team and our fans in his heart. Twenty-five years is an important team in the history of our organization and no event could better begin the festivities of this new chapter of the Océanic and all the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, “let the President Eric Boucher, in a press conference.
At the end of his second season in Rimouski, Crosby was obviously the first pick in the NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He had earned just about all the honors awarded in the Quebec and Canadian Major Junior hockey that year, including the most valuable player trophies in the QMJHL and the CHL.
He would then continue to dominate the NHL, including winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, 2016 and 2017. He also became a national hero by scoring the overtime winner for Canada in the medal game. gold at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
At the dawn of his 15th NHL season, Crosby claimed 446 goals and 1216 points, not to mention his 186 points in 164 playoff games.
“When you see someone proudly wearing the colors of their junior team on vacation, in Europe, 14 years after his departure and even come back with the Stanley Cup on the day of his 30 years, the feeling of pride for all is indescribable. We will reserve him a great evening at the height of what this great man deserves, “added Boucher.
He was referring of course to Crosby in Rimouski with the Stanley Cup in 2017.
The Océanic also unveiled Thursday the new uniform that will be worn in some home games throughout the calendar. In addition to the opening game against the Sherbrooke Phoenix that coincides with the withdrawal of the Crosby jersey, six other parties will highlight the history of the Océanic, that of September 29, October 20, November 8, December 14, 11 January and February 14, where each five-year period will be honored. Historical capsules, interviews, video will soon spice up the future special section of the Océanic website. Tickets are on sale for the first three games of the season starting Saturday morning on the team’s website at www.oceanic.qc.ca.
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