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Halifax staff recommend against renaming street after Sidney Crosby

Last Updated Sep 29, 2018 at 12:28 pm PDT

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Mere hours after Sidney Crosby won his third Stanley Cup, the hometown museum that touts itself as "Home of the Sidney Crosby Exhibit" was already coveting new keepsakes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Humphrey

HALIFAX – City staff in Halifax are advising against renaming a road after Sidney Crosby, noting that Nova Scotia’s hockey darling doesn’t meet the existing criteria for commemorative naming because he has not yet retired.

A staff report up for discussion by council on Tuesday explores the implications of renaming Dartmouth’s Forest Hills Parkway to Sidney Crosby Parkway.

The report says that while staff acknowledge “the broad range of positive impacts that Sidney Crosby’s athletic achievements have on the local community,” renaming the street for him would conflict with municipal policies.

They say the Civic Addressing Policy discourages changes to street names unless there are public safety issues with the current name, adding that renaming is often disruptive for residents, businesses and emergency services.

Instead, the report suggested six other ways to commemorate Crosby, including the declaration of a “Sidney Crosby Day,” naming a community ice rink after him or installing a public art project in his honour.

The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is widely considered to be one of the best athletes to come out of Nova Scotia and was voted number one in a list of the province’s top 15 athletes compiled by the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame over the summer.