Mr. Speaker, last night Sidney Crosby of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, played in his first NHL game and recorded his first point. Not since Wayne Gretzky has hockey witnessed such a young player entering the professional ranks under so much spotlight and with so much promise.
As remarkable as Sidney's performance is on the ice, his grace and composure in dealing with the enormous pressure that has fallen upon him since a young child is so impressive and a testament to his character. His parents can be rightly proud of this exceptional young man as he continues to meet enhanced expectations. It takes a person of rare quality to captivate a nation, to single-handedly revive a hockey franchise, and continually reach new heights in his chosen field.
Sidney Crosby would be a great success in life even if he never scored a single goal in the NHL, but he will do so much more than that in the years to come. He will continue to achieve and make all Canadians proud, none more so than the residents of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Way to go Sidney.