"So, I think we've all had role models and followed players in sports. ... Hopefully that's something we can provide for them with those little things."
A group of youth hockey players took the ice shortly after the Pittsburgh Penguins practiced at UPMC Lemieux Sports complex on Wednesday. What they didn't know is several of the Penguins, including Sidney Crosby, were heading back out to join them for a private session.
"You remember being that age," Crosby said. "You get out there on the ice, and how fun it is. Especially being on the ice with NHL players, I didn't have that opportunity when I was young. Obviously, having the team here, the kids being local, I think it's fun for them and fun for us to be with them." The participants were part of Crosby's "Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey" program, now in its 11th season, which provides free head-to-toe equipment to 2,000 local children aged 4-9 each year.