Fans, media in frenzy over Penguins’ star



Robin Kuniski/For Metro Calgary


Sidney Crosby talks with the media following yesterday’s morning skate. The Pens beat the Flames 3-2 in a shootout last night as Crosby’s first NHL?tour of western Canadian cities whisked through Calgary.

"It’s really exciting to get a chance to play in a new rink and a different city."

Sid the Kid brought the Crosby show onto Saddledome ice last night — a moment he’s waited for since his young hockey days.

Pittsburgh Penguins phenom Sidney Crosby made his first visit to Calgary last night — as a Penguin that is — and it’s something that only happens once every three years thanks to the NHL schedule.

“I played in the Mac’s tournament when I was younger and I always wanted to play in the Saddledome. And I’m sure my dad always wanted to watch me play here, too,” Crosby said after his morning skate.

When asked about the fan and media frenzy that awaited him during his first NHL?western road swing to Edmonton and Calgary, Crosby took it all in stride.

“It’s really exciting to get a chance to play in a new rink and a different city. It’s always fun to play in new rinks and it’s really nice to go into a new building and get that response,” he said.

About 200 people attended the Penguins morning skate to preview the young superstar in action.

Fifteen-year-old pals Brody Eisbrenner and Andy Boger, who plays triple-A hockey in Calgary, wanted to see Crosby for themselves.

“He’s one of my favourite players, and I just came here to see him. It’s pretty cool,” Eisbrenner said.

“Yeah, it only happens once every three years. He’s a really good player. It’s sweet,” Boger agreed.