Smoke Head designed for Sidney Crosby hand-delivered by Nova Scotia creator
Only about a month after creating a Smoke Head for Pittsburgh Penguins captain and Cole Harbour native Sidney Crosby, 12-year-old Caelyn Parker has delivered it to the Stanley Cup champion.
Parker started making the Smoke Heads after seeing one while away at a hockey tournament and experiencing a bit of bad luck — a tree fell on her family’s car two years ago at Christmas, so they cut it down and it sat in their garage until this summer.
One of the Smoke Heads that Parker made recently was for Crosby, one of her favourite players, with his name and a drawing of him hoisting the Stanley Cup.
Following a post of the creation on her Facebook page for “Caelyn’s Creations” — a unique business run out of her South Berwick, N.S., garage — and a previous report by Global News, she said she got a lot of publicity and was contacted by Crosby’s people.
“They were just like, ‘Hey, want to come out and meet him?'” she told Global News.
On Thursday, Parker and her mother met him on their way home.
When she met him, she presented him with the Smoke Head, which she said was “really cool.”
“I’m very glad I got the opportunity to do so,” she said, adding that Crosby thought the Smoke Head was “very neat.”
“He was thankful I got it to him.”
Each Smoke Head takes Parker a few hours to make. The process involves cutting down a tree, drilling a hole through the centre and drawing designs on them. She told Global News last month that they burn for three to five hours.
Although she’s been selling the items for only a few months, she’s already sold 50.
Asked if she’ll be doing any more Smoke Heads for celebrities, Parker said country singer-songwriter Blake Shelton is on her radar.
“He’s the best.”
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While visiting Crosby, Parker also got to meet Colorado Avalanche centre and Halifax native Nathan MacKinnon. She was invited to watch Crosby play on the ice and was able to meet with him. The Stanley Cup playoff MVP then took the Smoke Head out to his car and that’s when MacKinnon came out of the building.
Creating the Smoke Heads and other items for her business isn’t just for fun — she is also working hard to make money to help her family. She said her mom is sick and unable to work anymore, so she makes the items to raise money so she can continue playing hockey.
Right now, Crosby is back home in the Halifax area. On the weekend, he took the Cup to the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth for the Natal Day parade, on Aug. 7, which was also his 30th birthday.
Pittsburgh’s captain will soon be heading to training camp as the Penguins hope to possibly get their third Stanley Cup win in a row.
—With files from Natasha Pace, Global News
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