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Report: Crosby wanted okay from Toews before accepting 'C'

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1/22/2014 4:04:21 PM
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It appears Sidney Crosby wanted to make sure Jonathan Toews was good with him taking the captaincy for Team Canada in Sochi.

According to, Detroit Red Wings and Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock said the Pittsburgh Penguins captain wanted the go-ahead from the Chicago Blackhawks captain before accepting Canada's captaincy for the upcoming Olympics.

"When we were taking about it, Sidney wanted to make sure it was OK with [Toews], just for the fact he won a couple of Cups,” Babcock said after the Wings' morning skate ahead of Wednesday night's game with the Blackhawks. "He's held in high regard, to say the least, and he's a huge part of the reason why they win as much as they do."

Toews, for his part, thought Crosby's gesture was a flattering one.

"For Sidney to ask guys for approval, I don't think he needed to do that, but it shows the kind of guy he is," Toews said.

Toews went as so far as to suggest that Babcock revealed this discussion just to be polite.

"Everybody knows Sidney is the guy," said Toews. "I'm just honored to be in the conversation for the captaincy. One way or the other, I'm excited to accept a role like that. If it's more of a leadership role, I'm excited for the challenge."

Babcock believes that Toews would have made for a deserving captain, as well.

"He's earned the right to be a captain with Canada: two Cups, Olympic gold," said Babcock. "I don't know what else he's won. It seems more than that. He's a pro who does it right every day. He's a 200-footer. To me, hes an impressive, impressive man."

Toews and Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will serve as alternate captains for Canada next month in Sochi.

Jonathan Toews celebrates (Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)


(Photo: Harry How/Getty Images)
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