Pittsburgh Penguins Forward and Canadian hockey icon Sidney Crosby surprised the veterans of Camp Hill Veterans Memorial on July 15.
Rebecca Dorey, Health Service Manager, recalled that she was leaving for the day when she heard whispers of Sidney Crosby being in the building.
“Of course, before I left, I thought I’d walk down to the main floor and see if Sidney was here actually,” remembered Dorey.
Dorey then met her director who confirmed the rumour and she set out to find where the veterans were. Incidentally, most of the veterans were gathered on the fifth floor that day for a game of bocci ball. And that’s where, along with the Stanley Cup and his Conn Smyth Trophy, Crosby came to surprise the veterans.
“Just the fact that he brought the Stanley Cup here and what that would mean to have that come to a place where they live, this is their [veterans] home this is where they live. So, to have someone come into their home and be able to share that success with them certainly would mean a lot,” stated Dorey.
It was an impromptu visit after the Halifax native had spent the day visiting the IWK Health Centre.
Crosby spent his time at Camp Hill shaking hands with veterans, taking pictures and even joining in for a game of bocci ball.
“It was quite endearing and heartwarming for him to just come into the group and sit down and be actively engaged for sure,” said Dorey.
Dorey says, Crosby’s visit brightened the day of the veterans there and meant a lot to the residents of Camp Hill.
“Sports heroes mean a lot to a lot of people. I think to have a young gentleman express interest to come in and want to see the veterans, I think speaks a lot to who he is and I think the veterans appreciate when the younger generation is wanting to come and visit. They were quite engaged with him,” said Dorey.