© CHRISTOPHER CAMERON – THE NEWS
SALT SPRINGS – Sidney Crosby is talked about as one of the best hockey players in the world, but Logan Crosby has the numbers to back up his ranking.
The seven-year-old from Salt Springs is currently ranked 12th in the Rapid Shot world rankings for novice boys (under nine), with a score of 128.2.
The hockey training system, focused on a players shooting, is located in Stellarton and opened in the spring at the tail end of the 2012-13 hockey season. Since then Crosby has been there almost daily working on his shot. He said at the beginning he struggled getting the puck to the net, but now he’s stronger and can hit the targets.
“I started out at 27(mph), but now I’m at 32,” he said. “Now I can get it top shelf. I’ve continuously been getting better with my speed and accuracy.”
Since April he’s taken almost 40,000 shots, but in the month of June he had the most shots in the world, taking 20,000.
He said he hasn’t increased the speed of the passes since he started training at Rapid Shot because he can’t take them coming any faster right now. Crosby did say that he’s shooting properly now though.
“I was getting down on my knee to shoot top shelf before, but now I’m getting strong arms and can shoot by transferring weight and doing it right,” he said.
Although he isn’t back with his winter team, the Pictou County Novice Advanced Crushers, he’s been back on the ice throughout the summer with various teams. He said he noticed a difference right away.
“I was able to shoot it from the blue line the right way, which I couldn’t before,” he said. “I scored a few times too. When I first came here I used to get tired, but now I’m less tired and hit the targets better.”
It’s not just his ranking he’s proud of; he’s also won Moola Mondays for the last eight to ten weeks for the under-10 players, which is $25. He’s also been successful winning the Friday night showdown a few times, which is $25 in Subway gift cards.
Rapid Shot is located in the Subway location in the Albion Business Park in Stellarton.
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