Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby celebrated his 30th birthday with a few of his friends on Monday.
Well, numerous friends and a very famous championship trophy, to be precise.
Crosby brought the Stanley Cup to his native Nova Scotia, where he served as grand marshal of the Natal Day Parade that began in Halifax and ended in Dartmouth. The two-time Hart Trophy winner and two-time reigning Conn Smythe Trophy recipient then headed to Rimouski, Quebec, where he played his junior hockey for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Oceanic.
"It's just a number," Crosby said of his 30th birthday. "When I think about that, it's a number. Sometimes I don't feel 30. Sometimes I do. It depends. I just try to enjoy things as much as I can. It's pretty special to be able to do this on my birthday, share with everybody. I'll just take that as a great experience and move on.
"I'm just happy to have the Cup here, and to be spending time with it and everybody on my 30th, I'll take that for sure."
The Penguins captured their second straight Stanley Cup championship and fifth in franchise history by defeating the Nashville Predators in six games in June. Pittsburgh became the first team to repeat as champion since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997-98.