Paul McCartney. Kiss. The Tall Ships Festival. They’re all mega events in Halifax this summer.
But if the Pittsburgh Penguins win Friday night’s do-or-die Game 7 in the NHL final, you can most likely add another must-see event to that list – a huge parade for Sidney Crosby when he brings the Stanley Cup to Halifax Regional Municipality.
The Cole Harbour hockey superstar is trying to lead his Penguins to victory over the Detroit Red Wings in a contest that should have hockey fans across HRM – and Canada for that matter – glued to their TV sets.
“I think his chances are pretty good,” said Graham Bona, last season’s captain for the Halifax Mooseheads, who also played one season with Crosby when he skated with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Rimouski Oceanic.
“I’m pretty sure he’s looking to redeem himself from last year’s (Cup final loss). I’m sure it’s still on his mind,” he said.
As true hockey fans do, everyone seems to have prediction on the Game 7 showdown.
Even Premier-Designate Darrell Dexter is throwing in his two cents worth, but considering he lives in Cole Harbour, some might see his opinion as biased.
“Who else would I pick? Of course the Penguins are going to win,” Dexter told Metro Halifax. “It’ll be 4-2. And my bet is Crosby scores two.”
HRM Mayor Peter Kelly is right there with Dexter – a 4-2 Penguins win – but he doesn’t see Crosby scoring twice.
“I say goal and an assist,” Kelly speculated.
The mayor added should Crosby bring the Cup to HRM this summer, it’s party on.
“We’d have a chance to have a great community celebration,” he said.