Because it rhymes and because he was a baby-faced 18 when he made his NHL debut, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby always will be known as Sid the Kid. But in hockey terms, he’s no youngster anymore.
Crosby will be 29 in August. He’s now the adult in the room, though his passion for hockey — so childlike in its focus — still drives him to take part in optional practices and refine the few imperfect details of his game.
“It’s nice to touch the puck a little more on a day like today and get a little sweat,” he said Tuesday after he joined a few teammates on the ice in suburban Cranberry Township.
His work ethic and competitiveness make him an ideal role model for...