Penguins open door for Sidney Crosby to carry Canadian flag at Olympics if COC wants him

Sidney Crosby after scoring the Golden Goal in 2010 at the Vancouver Games (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

Sidney Crosby after scoring the Golden Goal in 2010 at the Vancouver Games (ANDRE FORGET/QMI Agency)

Steve Simmons, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 AM ET

All Sidney Crosby has to do is ask — or first, be asked.

That’s what it will take to have him carry the Canadian flag in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

He has to want to do it. The Canadian Olympic Committee has to choose him to do it. The rest will take care of itself.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero told the Toronto Sun by email Saturday that he agreed with the Boston Bruins move to allow captain Zdeno Chara to miss a National Hockey League game so the captain could carry the Slovakian flag in the opening ceremony on Feb. 7.

But what about his captain?

“Hard to turn down that opportunity,” Shero wrote. “Agreed with Boston on letting (Chara) go.”

Crosby would be an ideal choice to carry the flag, which will likely be decided among bobsledder Kaillie Humphries, hockey’s Hayley Wickenheiser, skier Erik Guay and speed skaters, Christine Nesbitt and Charles Hamelin. That didn’t seem in any way possible until the Chara move was agreed to by the Bruins.

Now that the way has been cleared it is up to the COC to make the call: The flag bearer will be announced Thursday. Is there time to make it Crosby? And does he want to do it?


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