Watch as the two-time NHL MVP personally deliver Pittsburgh Penguins season tickets to some of his biggest fans.
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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby allowed USA TODAY Sports to drive around with him Wednesday when he delivered season tickets to two families.
Here is what we learned about him on our entertaining road trip:
Enjoys podcasts: He doesn’t limit himself to sports broadcasts. Crosby told an intriguing tale about becoming hooked on a podcast about coyotes. Not the NHL Coyotes playing in Glendale, Ariz. We’re talking real Coyotes. Crosby provided a fascinating explanation of how challenging it is to deal with coyote over-population. Apparently, it’s far more complicated than wrestling with NHL defensemen.
No E-ZPass: The Penguins gave us a heads up that we might have a fun video opportunity if Crosby took the Pennsylvania toll road because he’s the only person in Pittsburgh who doesn’t have an E-ZPass to scoot quickly through toll gates.
As it turned out, Crosby took the side roads so we didn’t get a chance to see if he actually had a $1.10 in cash (we were warned he might not). We were also deprived of seeing the look on the face of the money taker when Crosby rolled up.
Arena is his second home: His superstar status hasn’t changed his rink rat approach to the game. He loves hanging out at the rink. After a practice, he likes nothing better than sitting in front of his locker in his hockey gear kibitzing with teammates. It’s his hockey mode. Penguins senior director of communication Jennifer Bullano Ridgley lovingly refers to it as Crosby “marinating.”
He can’t get enough hockey. Crosby was scheduled to leave at noon for his ticket delivery, but he was late because he opted for extra skating wind sprints with teammates.
Nostalgic about Rimouski: Before coming to the NHL, Crosby played for played for Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He talked warmly about how he enjoyed taking the Stanley Cup back to the Quebec city because he enjoyed his time there years ago.
“I remember going to Tim Horton’s in the morning (in his junior days) and you’d see 15 guys sitting around talking hockey,” Crosby said. “They’d ask you about the power play. It’s probably like Texas high school football. Everyone in…