Sidney Crosby gifts child hockey gear after fire burns family’s house

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his winning goal in overtime past New York Islanders goaltender Christopher Gibson (33). (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Sidney Crosby gave a distraught seven-year-old something to feel good about on Friday.

Young Bennett Tauch and his family had their home burn down in the early hours of the morning on Monday, in the Pittsburgh suburb of Upper St. Clair.

Everyone made it out safely, but the family’s possessions were destroyed, including Bennett’s hockey equipment – which he had been given as a member of Crosby’s Little Penguins Learn to Play program.

The Pittsburgh Penguins found out about the Tauch’s plight, and invited them to the Penguins’ Friday practice. It was there where Crosby himself delivered to Bennett a brand new set of gear.

“He had an unfortunate accident and lost his equipment. I just gave him some new equipment,” Crosby told “He seemed pretty happy. They lost a lot.

“He was upset about the equipment so I think he’s happy he got it back.”

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