The year 2013 may be remembered as the year that the women in Sidney Crosby’s family found their share of the spotlight. While Sid the Kid may be the most famous resident from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, he is starting to get outnumbered by several groundbreaking women from the area.
Alexis Crossley competed on Canada’s gold medal winning Under-18 team before making a name for herself with the New Hampshire Wildcats. Ironically, her father Brad, went to school with Sidney’s mom Trina Forbes and coached Sidney with the Dartmouth Subways AAA midget team.
Suzanne Fenerty is another remarkable female hockey hero from Cole Harbour. She was a captain at the nationally ranked St. Francis Xavier X-Women before being selected by the Brampton Thunder in the 2012 CWHL Draft.
Proudly following them is Sidney’s mom Trina and his baby sister Taylor. Prior to being one of the most famous hockey moms in the world, Trina was an employee at the Halifax Herald. Having lost her father at an early age, it forced her to become a very strong woman. Such strength was evident in Sidney’s development when he would be heckled and the subject of verbal insensitivities. The ability to not fight back or engage in a verbal flame war showed remarkable character.
Heading into the 2013-14 CWHL season, Trina shall join Toronto-based lawyer Jill McCutcheon as community members that will sit on the CWHL’s Board of Directors. It is a fitting tribute for Trina, as she represents one of the fastest growing regions for women’s hockey in Canada.
Complemented by a role on the Sidney Crosby Foundation, Trina has developed strong leadership skills which should make her a valued member of the board. Another one of her legacies in women’s hockey was an effort to help save the Saint Mary’s Huskies women’s team a few years ago.
Having started in hockey at ten years old, Taylor was a member of the Peewee AA Cole Harbour Wings. Currently, she is following the prep school path in the United States. Like her brother once did, she is competing for the famed Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota. Ironically, one of her teammates at Shattuck was Stephanie Lemieux, daughter of Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux.
Ironically, Taylor also had the chance to compete against Austin Lemieux, Mario’s son. He scored on Taylor at an exhibition game organized in Quebec City. Playing together and against each other is symbolic of the friendship forged between both families.
Competing as a goaltender, Taylor has followed in her father’s footsteps. As a former member of the Verdun Junior Canadiens, Troy Crosby played with future NHLers Claude Lemieux and Jimmy Carson. Like Walter and Phyllis Gretzky, Troy and Trina still live in the same home in the same community where their children grew up.
Of note, Taylor is not the only female goaltender that her older brother has practiced with. When he was a member of the Rimouski Oceanic, Jenny Lavigne (a future Clarkson Cup champion with the Montreal Stars) shared the ice with him as she became the third female goaltender to take part in a QMJHL training camp.
While the low point of Taylor’s career was a concussion she suffered in 2011 (the same year her brother was afflicted with one), she has taken great strides in her career. In 2013, she was part of Hockey Canada’s Goaltending and Evaluation Camp in Calgary. Under the tutelage of group leader Amanda Mazzotta, the all-time wins leader at Cornell University, it was her first exposure to Hockey Canada.
In July 2013, Taylor would also participate in the IIHF High Performance Camp in Sheffield, England. A multi-talented athlete with a background in softball and volleyball, she hopes to one day don the Maple Leaf on her sweater like her brother.
Having been in attendance at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games when Sidney scored one of the most famous goals in hockey history, it only motivated Taylor to pursue her own dream of one day representing Canada on the world’s biggest stage for hockey. With elements of the standup and butterfly goalie techniques, Taylor is also aiming for a scholarship at the NCAA Division I level.
Both Trina and Taylor’s efforts symbolize what Sidney meant when he returned home to Cole Harbour with the Stanley Cup in 2009. Speaking to an audience primarily of children, he encouraged them to dream big. In many ways, Trina and Taylor are now dreaming big and their growing roles in women’s hockey should start to yield tremendous results.