Sidney Crosby in tears: The man who propelled him to the NHL has died
BY MARCO JUNE 3, 2023 (3:17 PM)
That's when Doris Labonté came into his life. The Oceanic head coach at the time was an incredible mentor to the current Penguins captain.
Despite the relentless media demands and his hectic schedule, Crosby didn't hesitate to send a touching message to acknowledge his relationship with Labonté, who passed away on Thursday.
The relationship between the two men was much more than a simple player-to-coach bond. Doris was the man who convinced Crosby to join the QMJHL and the Océanic. They won the President Cup in 2005, just before Crosby was drafted number one overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins.