You would think that after nearly three weeks of training camp, most of Crosby’s thoughts, idiosyncrasies and stories would have been unearthed.
But yesterday, with talk turning to Crosby’s NHL regular-season debut tomorrow night in New Jersey, an interesting bit of trivia bubbled to the surface.
Crosby brought a nickname with him to the big leagues. It’s not Sid the Kid or The Next One.
It’s … Darryl?
“Not too many guys know about it now, but when I was in junior, my first exhibition game I got eight points, and [Hall of Famer] Darryl Sittler got 10 in the NHL [in a game in 1976], so they just said ‘Darryl’ and it kind of stuck the last couple of years,” Crosby said.
“That’s how nicknames come, in funny ways like that.”
Some of Crosby’s teammates noticed “Darryl” on the cuff of his hockey gloves, a space often used for players’ nicknames. Now a few of them refer to Crosby that way.