Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon scared of heights in new commercial series

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon loaded up a Tim Hortons’ truck and hit the road, visiting a street hockey game and firehouse. Lucky for them, they can keep their day jobs.
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Ahead of the 2015-16 season, Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon worked out together, practiced together and even spent some time manning the Tim Horton’s drive-thru together, and the Nova Scotian duo was back at it again this off-season.

In a new series of commercials for the Canadian coffee chain, Crosby and MacKinnon go from working behind the counter to hitting the road in a mobile coffee shop, and there’s some hilarious results. The three-part series sees Crosby and MacKinnon go throughout Halifax, making stops to play street hockey and visit some local firefighters.

The first video of the series, though, offers one of the best moments. Crosby, the perennial all-star and considered by many the greatest player in the world, doesn’t have many on-ice weaknesses. When it comes to backing up the Tim Hortons’ van, though, Crosby could use some serious help:

Apparently MacKinnon’s instructions — “Cut it! Cut it!” — were no help. Eventually, though, Crosby got the truck backed up and he and MacKinnon loaded up before getting on their merry way. 

Their first stop was dropping in on a street hockey game, in which Crosby decided to forego the rules and kick a ball past the young goaltender, according to MacKinnon. No coaches challenge really hurt there.

The best moment of the entire series came in the final video when Crosby and MacKinnon headed to the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency station, though. One firefighter is blown away at the sight of the two hockey stars — Crosby, especially — but the reaction of both star NHLers during their climbing of a 110-foot fire ladder takes the cake for the best moment.

Like MacKinnon says, it’s a good thing he’s a talented hockey player, otherwise his other dream may have had to fall by the wayside.

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