Sidney Crosby’s mom joins board of Canadian Women’s Hockey League

Posted by Amey Doyle on September 28, 2014
Sidney Crosby’s mom joins board of Canadian Women’s Hockey League

Sidney Crosby's mom decided to become more involved in women's hockey because of a conversation with her daughter.

Trina Crosby, mother of NHL superstar Sidney, accepted an invitation from former Canadian team captain Cassie Campbell-Pascall to join the board of the Canadian Women's Hockey League this season.

Sidney's younger sister Taylor is a goaltender at the prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's, where Sidney also played before graduating to major junior hockey and then to the NHL.

Taylor, 17, was identified by Hockey Canada as a goaltending prospect and invited to a camp in Calgary earlier this year.

She was at home in Cole Harbour, N.S., on a break from school and having lunch with Trina one day when Taylor lamented she could already see the end of her hockey career.

"She started talking about how much she loved playing hockey," Trina recalled.

"She said it's scary to think she'd have to give it up and wouldn't be part of her life. I said 'what do you mean?' and she said she'd go to college and university and then what? What after that?"

Trina realized while Sidney lives his hockey dream playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins and winning a Stanley Cup, Taylor's prospects of high-level hockey after college depend on the CWHL.

"It stayed with me, so when Cassie asked, I immediately thought of that and thought 'well, even if I could help in some small way,'" Trina said.

She joins former Canadian team defenceman Cheryl Pounder, former U.S. forward Caitlin Cahow and Toronto lawyer Jill McCutcheon as the new members elected to the CWHL board.

Campbell-Pascall, who captained the Canadian women's team to a pair of Olympic gold medals, is vice-chairman of the five-team CWHL with clubs in Toronto, Brampton, Montreal, Boston and Alberta.

Almost 40 players who were in the league last season are now preparing to represent their country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia in February.

Among them are Canada's Caroline Ouellette, Megan Agosta-Marciano, Tessa Bonhomme and Meaghan Mikkelson, as well as American players Hilary Knight, Kelli Stack, Gigi Marvin and Julie Chu and Swiss goalie Florence Schelling.

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