HALIFAX — Thousands of fans gave favourite son Sidney Crosby a rousing reception during a parade in Cole Harbour, N.S., on Saturday as the Pittsburgh Penguins captain showed off the Stanley Cup to his hometown fans.
Crosby was decked out in shorts, a black ball cap and a T-shirt proclaiming "Stanley Cup Champions 2016.'' He rode in the back of a pickup truck and displayed the Cup on top of the cab, lifting it over his head several times.
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup behind members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police following a parade through his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., on Saturday. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
The pickup was escorted by several RCMP officers dressed in ceremonial red serge. Local police on motorcycles sounded their sirens and other vehicles blasted horns as the procession moved along the parade route.
Scores of spectators waited hours for his arrival in the sweltering heat. The crowd was a sea of Crosby jerseys, with everyone from grandfathers to sleeping infants donning the number 87.
"Who wouldn't want to come back to this?'' Crosby said to cheers. "It's definitely a special feeling, a feeling of pride, a sense of community here."
"The support here is incredible. It's a great place to grow up.''
"Who wouldn't want to come back to this?''
It's not the first time Crosby brought professional hockey's most prestigious trophy to his home province.
In 2009, thousands turned out to a parade in Crosby's honour when the Pittsburgh won the NHL championship with him as captain.
Fans cheer as Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby travels with the Stanley Cup during a parade through his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., on Saturday. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
But this time around, Crosby brought home a little something extra — the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the playoff's MVP.
Crosby's fellow Maritimers crafted their own tributes to "Sid the Kid.''
John Walsh from Halifax stole his wife's salad bowl to put on top of a tinfoil replica base of the Stanley Cup.
George Fagan has three tattoos on his right forearm for the Pittsburgh Penguins' 1991, 1992 and 2009 Stanley Cup wins, with plans for a 2016 tribute and "leaving room for a couple more.''
Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby hoists the Stanley Cup during a parade through his hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., on Saturday. (Photo: Darren Calabrese/Canadian Press)
The city of Halifax is working on its own tribute to Cole Harbour's native son, with council voting unanimously to consider renaming a suburban street after the hockey prodigy.
Crosby has been making rounds with the Cup since picking it up at the airport on Friday. He brought the championship trophy to the Sidney Crosby Hockey School, the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial and a Tim Hortons he frequented as a kid.
"I hope we can do this again,'' Crosby said.
Each player of the Cup-winning team gets brief custody of the trophy.
"I hope we can do this again.''
As team captain, Crosby is permitted to have the trophy an extra day and has said he wants to share it with as many people as possible.
Crosby and the Penguins took the Stanley Cup last month after beating the San Jose Sharks in six games.