On Monday, Sidney Crosby, the NHL’s best player, announced his retirement from hockey to pursue a career in endorsing hockey equipment, including his own SC87 line. He said it had nothing to do with his lingering concussion issues.
“I’ve just decided it’s time,” the former Penguins captain said in a news conference in Pittsburg. “I need to retire from hockey to focus on being the best hockey player in the world. I have my own product line now. Do you have any idea how much work that is? Not to mention all of the other stuff I have to do for Tim Hortons, Bell, and Gatorade. I can’t let hockey get in the way of being a hockey icon.”
Pens GM Ray Shero was sympathetic, issuing this statement today:
“The whole Pittsburg Penguins organization is sad to see Sid go but we wish him the best in his future endeavours. We are fortunate to have had him as long as we did, over the past few years he has become one of the top endorsers in the league. We understand that hockey is a business and this is just part of it.”
When prompted by a reporter about a potential acting career, Crosby was receptive.
“Acting is something I’ve always been interested in and if the right opportunity is there, who knows? I mean, you’ve all seen my latest Sport Chek commercials, that’s not far off from what you see in Hollywood.”