Crosby inspired our kids

Sidney Crosby is one of the premier players in hockey today.

His legacy is known around the world, including here in Cayman. Few get to meet the megastar, especially locals.

Recently though a Cayman-based hockey family got the chance of a life-time to meet up with the heir to The Great One’s throne.

The Hope family had a chance meeting with the Pittsburgh Penguins star in Miami this month.

Ahead of watching a Penguins’ game against the Florida Panthers the Hopes were in the same hotel as the Pittsburgh team.

Young Flynn, Jagger and Wyatt Hope, under the watchful eye of hockey dad Chris, sat in the lobby and over the course of a few hours got autographs from almost all of the team.

The highlight would be taking a photo and talking about hockey with Crosby. Originally from Canada the youngsters even talked about how they were in their father’s hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia last summer on the same day that Crosby brought the Stanley Cup back there.

The Hope family are huge Penguins fans. Prior to meeting Crosby, the Hopes drove around the state watching Pittsburgh complete their Florida trip in Tampa and Miami.

Meeting with Crosby was especially sweet for Jagger and dad Chris. The duo had just wrapped up a fine 2009 by winning the WestTel Pee Wee (13U) league championship early last month.

Family friend Christine Maltman, who relayed news of the meet to this reporter, gave her sentiments on the encounter.

‘These kids couldn’t have had a better start to 2010. What a wonderful surprise for the children. It’s also a nice inspiration to all of our Cayman youth hockey players.’