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Sidney Crosby on advice to kids wanting to play hockey: “You have to love the game”

Sid dishes some wisdom to the youngins this weekend on TV

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This will be a big weekend with the Penguins playing Saturday and Sunday night, but before that you’ll have a chance to check out Sidney Crosby on television, which could have particular value for the kids out there.

NHL Network Ice Time, NHL Network’s weekly show geared toward kids, will feature “Award Winners” including two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner Sidney Crosby, along with the IslandersMathew Barzal and BlackhawksPatrick Kane, this Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. ET.

Crosby sits down to talk with his old teammate Mike Rupp about how he started playing hockey, what other sports he played growing up, which career he’d have if he wasn’t a hockey player and his best advice for kids.

NHL Network Ice Time will re-air on Sunday’s at 10:00 a.m. ET, and the interviews, animated features and rapid fire question and answer segments from each episode will be shared across NHL Network’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

  • Crosby on his career if he wasn’t a hockey player: “I think if I didn’t play hockey, I always wanted to be a firefighter. So, maybe I would have been able to do that. Who knows. But, I’ve got a buddy who’s a firefighter so I just kind of live through him.”

  • Crosby on his best advice for kids: “You have to love it. As a kid you’re gonna put pressure on yourself and you’re always gonna wanna do well, you’re gonna have different coaches, you’re gonna be in different situations. But, you have to love the game. That means you have to love it even when it’s tough and there’s gonna be times when it’s tough. I think, if you love it you’ll get through that.”