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Sidney Crosby named to Canada’s Olympic roster

May 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) prepares to take the opening tac-off of the first overtime period against the New York Islanders in game five of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. New York won 3-2 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) prepares to take the opening tac-off of the first overtime period against the New York Islanders in game five of the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. New York won 3-2 in double overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Two-time gold medalist Sidney Crosby was one of three players named Monday to Canada’s initial roster for the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain, fellow center Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo of the Vegas Golden Knights were named by Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong.

Canada opens the Feb. 9-20 men’s ice hockey competition against Germany on Feb. 10.

Crosby, 34, won gold medals in 2010 and 2014.

NHL players did not participate in 2018, when Russia defeated Germany for the gold medal in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

An alternate captain in his Olympic debut in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, Crosby scored the game-winning overtime goal in the final against the United States. In 2014, he captained his team to a second straight victory with an undefeated run in Sochi, Russia.

Pietrangelo, 31, won gold at Sochi in 2014, while the 24-year-old McDavid will be making his Winter Games debut.

–Field Level Media