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Position Center
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) The Next One
Darryl
Sid the Kid
Sir Sidney
Wizard of Croz
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.8 m)
200 lb (91 kg)
NHL Team Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality CAN
Born August 7 1987 (1987-08-07) (age 22),
Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2004
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2004 – present
Website http://crosby87.com

Sidney Patrick Crosby (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and captain of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. He was the first pick of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and one of the leading scorers during the 2005-06 NHL season, finishing 6th in scoring with 102 points (39 G, 63 A). By capturing his first Art Ross Trophy with 120 points (36 G, 84 A) in the 2006-07 NHL season, he became the youngest player and the only teenager ever to win a scoring title in any major North American sports league. That same season, Crosby also became just the seventh player in NHL history to win the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy, and Lester B. Pearson Award in the same season—thus earning all three highest individual honors for an NHL forward in only his second year as a professional hockey player.

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Early career

Sidney Crosby began playing hockey on his own in his basement at two years old, where he destroyed his home dryer by constantly shooting at it. He learned to skate at three, and at fourteen, he appeared on Hockey Day in Canada.

During his amateur years, Crosby caught the attention of several journalists and other players, including Wayne Gretzky himself. When Gretzky was asked if he thought anyone could break his records, he answered that Sidney Crosby could, and added that Crosby was the best player he had seen since Mario Lemieux.

NHL career

Sidney Crosby was selected first overall in 2005 by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 30, 2005. Due to the labour stoppage in the previous season, the 2005 draft was conducted via a weighted lottery based on each team's playoff appearances and draft lottery victories in the last four years. This lottery system led to the draft being popularly referred to as the Sidney Crosby Lottery or the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes.

Crosby played his first professional NHL game on October 5, 2005 against the New Jersey Devils, and registered an assist on the team's first goal of the season, scored by Mark Recchi in a 5-1 loss. On December 16, 2005, Michel Therrien named Crosby as an alternate captain for the Penguins. The move drew criticism from some hockey pundits, including Don Cherry, who claimed that Crosby had done nothing to earn the position.

Crosby finished his rookie season with the franchise record in assists (63) and points (102) for a rookie, both of which had been previously held by Mario Lemieux. Crosby is the youngest player in the history of the NHL to score 100 points in a single season, and only the seventh rookie ever to hit the benchmark.

Overall, Crosby finished sixth in the NHL scoring race and seventh in the NHL in assists. Among Canadian players, he trailed only Joe Thornton and Dany Heatley. Crosby finished second behind Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

In his second NHL season, Crosby built on his rookie success. On October 28, 2006, Crosby scored his first NHL hat trick in an 8-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.

His success against the Flyers continued as just over 6 weeks later, on December 13, he recorded his first six point game of his career (1 goal, 5 assists). After that game, he led the NHL in scoring for the remainder of the season, becoming the first teenager to lead the NHL in scoring since Wayne Gretzky in 1980. Crosby finished the 2006-07 NHL season with 36 goals and 84 assists in 79 games. Being only 19 years old at the time, he thus became the youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy and the youngest scoring champion in any major North American professional sport.

On May 31, 2007, he was named Pittsburgh's team captain, making him the youngest captain in NHL history.

Brian Bellows was named interim-captain at age 19 years, 4 months while Craig Hartsburg was out of the lineup with an injury. At the NHL's annual awards show in June 2007, Crosby completed a rare off-season hat trick, winning the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Award in addition to his previously-awarded Art Ross Trophy. He became the youngest player in NHL history to win the Lester B. Pearson. Crosby also became the youngest player ever to be named to the NHL's First All-Star Team. Crosby signed a five-year $43.5 million dollar contract extension with the Penguins on July 10 2007, ensuring he will stay with the Penguins through the 2012-13 season.

Jerseys

Crosby's jerseys have gone missing or been sold for high prices at auctions several times. In January 2005, his red Canada jersey from the World Junior Hockey Championship was stolen by an Air Canada baggage handler when Crosby was passing through Montreal.[1] It was recovered about a week later in a mailbox. His white jersey from the tournament was being auctioned, but was temporarily delisted while the red one was missing.[2] It was eventually sold for $22,100, which went to youth hockey charities and 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake relief. It had previously been going for over $40,000 before it was taken out of the auction when the red jersey was stolen.

Less than a year later, one of Crosby's game-worn sweaters went missing.[3] The jersey he wore in his first NHL game against the New Jersey Devils went missing from his father's luggage during a flight from Pittsburgh to Buffalo. The jersey was later found at the Pittsburgh International Airport between a piece of equipment and a stairwell.

Crosby's jersey from his third NHL game was the highest-selling NHL jersey in an auction for Hurricane Katrina relief - it sold for $21,010.[4] The black Canada jersey that Crosby wore in the 2006 World Championship game against the United States was auctioned for $15,087.87.

Crosby's game-worn jersey from the first period of the 2007 All-Star Game by far topped the list of those sold during an online auction held by the NHL and the NHL Players Association to benefit Hockey Fights Cancer. Crosby's sold for $47,520, more than eight times the next highest price, $5,681 for the jersey worn by Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers.[5]

Personal life

Sidney Crosby was born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia in 1987 to Troy Crosby and Trina Forbes- Crosby. His sister, Taylor, is nine years younger than he is. His father was a goaltender who played for the Verdun Junior Canadiens in the QMJHL and in the 1985 Memorial Cup. Troy was drafted 240th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, but never played at the NHL level.[6] Growing up, Sidney admired Steve Yzerman[7] and, like his father, was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Crosby's number (87) and 2007 contract signing ($8.7 million per year) reflect his birthdate (8/7/87).[8]

From age 12 to 15, Crosby attended Astral Drive Junior High School. He was a straight-A student and, according to the vice-principal, "an amazing role model who was really kind to students in the learning centre and to special needs kids".[9] When he was 15, Crosby transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota.

In time for Crosby's first season, Gare Joyce issued a biography, Sidney Crosby: Taking the Game by Storm. The November 2005 edition of GQ Magazine featured him in a series of shirt-less photos.[10] In 2007, Crosby was nominated for Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.[11]

Crosby holds an endorsement deal with Reebok and designed a fashion line in 2007.[7]

His family currently resides in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. During the season Sidney lives with the Lemieux family in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2006 he bought his first house in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is single.[12]

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2001–02 Dartmouth Subways MAAA 74 106 111 217 114 7 11 13 24 0
2002–03 Shattuck St. Mary's USHS 57 72 90 162 104 - - - - -
2003–04 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 59 54 81 135 74 9 7 9 16 10
2004–05 Rimouski Océanic QMJHL 62 66 102 168 84 13 14 17 31 16
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 39 63 102 110 - - - - -
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 36 84 120 60 5 3 2 5 4
NHL Totals 160 75 147 222 170 5 3 2 5 4

Achievements

Records

  • Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise record for assists in a season by a rookie (63)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins' franchise record for points in a season by a rookie (102)
  • First rookie to record 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in a season
  • Youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season
  • Youngest player in NHL history to record 200 career points (19 years and 207 days)
  • Youngest player in NHL history to have 2 consecutive 100 point seasons.[1][2]
  • Youngest player to be voted to the NHL All-Star Game[13]
  • Youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy[14]
  • Youngest player in NHL history to win the Lester B. Pearson Award[15]
  • Youngest player in NHL history to be named to the First All-Star Team[16]
  • Youngest player in NHL history to be named a full team captain (In January 1984, Brian Bellows of the Minnesota North Stars was made interim captain at 5 months younger than Crosby, but he only served the latter half of the 1983-84 season replacing injured captain Craig Hartsburg)

Awards

NHL

See also

External links

  • Sidney Crosby's NHL player profile
  • Sidney Crosby's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Official Pittsburgh Penguins Site
Preceded by
Alexander Ovechkin
1st Overall Pick in NHL Entry Draft
2005
Succeeded by
Erik Johnson
Preceded by
Corey Locke
CHL Player of the Year
2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Alexander Radulov
Preceded by
Joe Thornton
Winner of the Art Ross Memorial Trophy
2007
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Jaromir Jagr
Winner of the Lester B. Pearson Award
2007
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Joe Thornton
Winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy
2007
Succeeded by
incumbent
Preceded by
Mario Lemieux
Pittsburgh Penguins captains
2007 – present
Incumbent

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