Coyotes' Rick Tocchet: Sidney Crosby would text me at 10 p.m. asking, 'You up?'
The former Pittsburgh coach details his time working with Crosby and the Penguins
At this point in his career, Sidney Crosby doesn't need anyone to vouch for his work ethic.
The Pittsburgh Penguins star has two Art Ross Trophies, two Hart Memorial Trophies, two Conn Smythe Trophies, three Stanley Cup titles and six All-Star selections to back his resume.
But that didn't stop his former assistant coach Rick Tocchet, now behind the bench for the Arizona Coyotes after capturing back-to-back championships in Steel City, from piling on the praise.
In a Q-and-A with Sports Illustrated's Alex Prewitt, Tocchet makes it clear that, while he worked with the Pens standout, Crosby's mind rarely drifted from hockey.
"He would text and say, 'You up?' And it'd be 10 o'clock," Tocchet said, per Prewitt. "I'd do the same to him. Whatever the topic, 10 o'clock, 10:30, things like that. He's always thinking hockey, that kid. And that's why I love him ... He made me a better coach, and a lot of those phone calls or texts really helped me, for sure."
Tocchet also noted that Crosby has an "outstanding hockey IQ," but the line about sending 10 p.m. texts to his coach just stands out, as Pete Blackburn pinged, "as the most Sidney Crosby thing ever."
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