Sidney Crosby surprises teen skating alone on outdoor rink
Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:24 PM - Not many kids can say they've passed the puck around with an NHL superstar.
It was a cold January morning when 19-year-old Guillaume Ouimet was practicing his moves on a local outdoor rink in Mont-Tremblant, Que.
CBC reports the AA team captain was pleasantly surprised to see Penguins captain Sidney Crosby walk towards the rink.
"He asked me a question about the ice and if I was alone, and then I tell him I'm alone and I can see he just wants to skate and not be bothered by a lot of persons," Ouimet told the news agency.
Ouimet asked Crosby if he would rather play inside due to the frigid temperatures, but the Penguins player like a true Canadian that he is decided to brave the cold.
"What I learned from my skating session with Sidney was how much of a great human being he was, so generous with his time he made an effort to speak French and he was so humble," Ouimet told The Weather Network.
"He impressed me with his attention to detail, he is willing to do everything to work on on all the aspects of his game and I think that’s why he’s the best at what he does. I could really tell Sidney is playing hockey for the right reason, not for the fame or the money but just because he simply loves the game like a kid does."
In an interview with CBC, Ouimet added Crosby's skill level isn't "comparable to what you see on TV."
Crosby taught Ouimet some drills, according to the news agency.
"You really can see why he's the best player in the world," Ouimet told CBC. "It's that attention to detail -- always willing to make an effort to get better at things."
The two played pickup hockey for about an hour before hockey arena employees noticed the superstar.
"Once the employees got out, Sidney made the effort to speak to them in French for like 10 minutes," the 19-year-old told the news agency. "I thought that was very kind of him."
Crosby was given a tour of the indoor arena, where Ouimet plays alongside his Mont-Tremblant Diables team members.
"He told me he was nostalgic. He was thinking about all of his memories," Ouiment told CBC. "It's how great of a human being he is -- just really keeping both feet on the ground, not thinking he's better than anyone."