PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When Sidney Crosby posted eight points in the NHL All-Star Game he was named most valuable player and was gifted a Honda Passport Elite for his efforts.

Friday morning, Sidney Crosby donated the vehicle to a local veteran.

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“You know what’s even cooler? Giving it away to a veteran who truly needs it.”

Madeline Malizio is driving away with a new 2019 Honda Passport after Crosby gave it away last week. Malizio has been an Army Specialist over the last five years. The single mother to a 3-year -old son is currently taking classes at CCAC for legal studies.

Before the gift, she did not have a car, and had to take the bus to school, work and daycare.

“It’s been the best day ever,” Malizio said. “I can’t even put into words how grateful I am, and how blessed I feel for what he’s done today. He was telling me how he heard about my story and he wanted to do something to help my situation. I was confused. I wasn’t sure what he could be talking about. He puts the garage up and it’s this car. I felt weak in my knees. I felt speechless. I don’t really think there is a word to describe how you feel in that moment.”

The Penguins hosted local veterans at their practice Friday at UPMC Lemieux Complex and the veterans received a tour of the practice facility, met several of the players, and were given customized jerseys with their names on the back to honor their service to the nation.

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The team also honored a host of Veterans Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at PPG Paints Arena.