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Letters to the editor, August 8, 2019 


My heroic hobby

After reading the article by Morgan Mullin about the benefits of having a hobby, I want to tell you of a great hobby I have had for 10 years ("A life less monetized," cover story, May 16). And I am in full agreement about the rewards of hobbies that Mullin describes, such as the fact "hobbies help stamp out stress." Statistics Canada data also states that nearly 60 percent of Canadians don't have something to look forward to. But I certainly do.

My happy hobby involves Cole Harbour's hockey hero, Sidney Crosby. As you can see in the attached photos of my collection, I have been keeping a yearly scrapbook filled with pictures and stories, ever since he was sidelined with a serious concussion in 2011. I have made a scrapbook with every picture and every story I can find. I have professionally framed photos. I have a Crosby #87 sweater, and his own personal hat from when his team won the Stanley Cup in 2009.

A sample—a very small sample, apparently—of Carl Armsworthy's Sidney Crosby collection. - SUBMITTED
  • A sample—a very small sample, apparently—of Carl Armsworthy's Sidney Crosby collection.
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I have his picture from when he scored the winning goal against the USA at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010. When his team won the Stanley cup in 2016, I made up a large sign that read "Sid the kid our hero" and paraded it on the corner of Portland Street and Caldwell Road early in the morning, wearing his sweater as Cole Harbour workers were going to work. People were waving, tooting their horns and taking pictures with their cell phones.

I also went to New York to see his Pittsburg Penguins play the NY Islanders, where I was wearing his #87 sweater in enemy territory. Before I left home, I made a sign that read "Cole Harbour Nova Scotia" and held in front of me in the second row from the ice surface. All of a sudden a lady in the first row turned around and said, "Guess what? We are on TV because of a sign you're holding." Her brother was home watching the game, and called her cell phone to tell her she was on TV. She was really excited.

The next morning I picked up a local newspaper and there was my picture in the sports section. Good advertising for Cole Harbour.

I've been to all the parades that Sid has made with the Stanley Cup, usually with a sign congratulating him on his victory. I also got to watch him at his hockey school at Cole Harbour Place, as kids come from all over the world to learn from Sidney Crosby himself.

What a great hobby it has been for me. I am on the north side of 85 years old, and all set to start collecting pictures and stories about "Sid the Kid" for the next hockey season. Hobbies truly are great.
—Carl Armsworthy, Dartmouth

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