Quebecer launches petition to have Rimouski name a street for Sidney Crosby
Rimouski Oceanic's Sidney Crosby steps over the boards during first period QMHL action against the Quebec Remparts in Quebec City Friday Dec. 5, 2003. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
RIMOUSKI, Que. -- A Quebec man has launched a petition calling on city councillors in Rimouski to change the name of a downtown street to Rue Sidney Crosby.
Daniel Gosselin launched a petition this week on the website Change.org to rename Second Street, which runs next to the Sun Life Financial Coliseum, after the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins star.
Gosselin says Crosby deserves the accolade for his time as captain of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rimouski Oceanic between 2003 and 2005.
The native of Cole Harbour, N.S., scored 120 goals and 303 points in 121 games with Rimouski.
Gosselin argues in a note accompanying his petition that Crosby has left an indelible mark on Rimouski, and now it's the city's turn to give back.
Crosby, now 32, was present with his family last month when the Oceanic franchise retired his No. 87 during an hour-long ceremony in front of a sold-out crowd.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 29, 2019.