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Crosby plays goal in Pittsburgh ball hockey game, pitches shutout, sets Internet ablaze

Dec 18, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

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Amidst rumors of playing in Switzerland and/or Russia, Sidney Crosby flipped the script on Friday by appearing in a ball hockey game…in Ohio Township.

Where he played in goal.

And recorded a 4-0 shutout.

For more on this story (that’s been picked up here and here and here and here and here and yes, right here at PHT), here’s Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Stories surfaced on Twitter and Facebook late Friday and early Saturday that Crosby participated in a dek hockey game Friday at Dek Star, a rink in Ohio Township next to Interstate 279. Photos on Twitter showed Crosby dressed in goaltender gear. After an informal practice Monday at Southpointe, Crosby confirmed he moonlighted between the pipes.

“My buddy plays in the league there. I talked to him about playing,” Crosby said. “I played a lot of goalie in street hockey growing up and stuff. Just asked if he needed a goalie. He said sure and I came out. It was cool.”

Due to his equipment, the presence of hockey’s most recognizable figure was not known by those at the rink until late in the contest.

“I had all the [goaltending] gear on,” Crosby said. “I was talking to the ref once toward the end of the game and I think he recognized me.”

“My referee walked over just to kind of say, ‘Hey, you’re not the normal goalie. It’s about time they get a goalie.’ ” said Chris Evans, general manager of Dek Star. “Instead, he looked at him and he was like, ‘Holy [cow] that’s Sidney Crosby.’ “

I’m not all that familiar with the term “dek hockey” as us Canadians usually refer to it as floor hockey, or ball hockey, or street hockey. We also sometimes call napkins “serviettes,” if you’re curious.

Anyway, Crosby reportedly notched his shutout against a team called Flyers Suck (seriously, Puck Daddy has it) and, afterward, answered the obligatory question about fear of injury.

“It’s a hockey ball and I have ice hockey gear on. I’m not too worried about it,” he said. “I guess there’s always a chance. I wouldn’t take that risk if I thought it was a big one.”

  1. broadstbully33 - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Did he get hurt?

  2. broadstbully33 - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Who paid the insurance so he could play?

    • sportsfreak13 - Dec 18, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Giroux was going to write the check but his wrists hurt too bad

      • davebabychreturns - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:35 PM


  3. vanchuk - Dec 18, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    I had a buddy that lost a nut playing ball hockey. Pun intended

  4. hotloinsofsid - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    ahh its refreshing to hear soup can sid is tearing it up on the dek. what cant this immortal do????

  5. hockeyfan763 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    At least his habit of diving had to cease in the crease. Although I’m sure not totally.

  6. matt8204 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Why worry about injury? He’s got nine months to recover, minimum.

  7. samurai3939 - Dec 18, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    I am so sick of this crybaby.

    • killerpgh - Dec 18, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      And yet you click on the story that has his name in it…..

      • barby97 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

        way to go killerpgh!!

  8. blomfeld - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    “It’s a hockey ball and I have ice hockey gear on” ? …

    There are times friends when it’s probably best to say nothing … and I suspect that now is perhaps such a time ? … nonetheless, I wish do Crosby and his supporters all the best …

  9. ndrick731 - Dec 18, 2012 at 3:36 PM

    Another day another Cindy story. What a surprise.

  10. elemeno89 - Dec 18, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    i see so many comments complaining about the number of articles written about crosby and most people find some negative thing to say about him. you know you don’t have to read them right? its not as though prohockeytalk will look at your comments and say “we shouldn’t write this story because ndrick731 doesn’t like to read about him.”

    it’s annoying and you all sound like broken records. move on because to me you all seem jealous that this guy gets paid to play a sport at this point with your constant chirps and negativity.

    • theiss64 - Dec 18, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Couldn’t agree with you more.

      If you don’t like it…don’t read it people.

      Stop being Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins.

  11. hockeyfan763 - Dec 18, 2012 at 6:51 PM

    This just in….Crosby walks on water while saving a drowning baby.

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