Sidney Crosby was born on 7th August 1987 in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is famous for being the youngest captain of a National Hockey League (NHL) team. In 2009, 2016 and 2017, he led the Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup championships.
Crosby’s early career
From a young age, Crosby was a great skater. During his second year in Faribault, Minnesota, Crosby scored 72 goals with 90 assists in 57 games catching the attention of ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. In 2003, Rimouski Océanic signed Crosby. Over the next two years, Crosby scored 120 goals and totalled 183 assists in 121 matches. Moreover, he was also the youngest player to score for the Canadian national team.
Second season achievements
Crosby’s second season was even more impressive than the first.
- Scored 120 points in 79 games
- The youngest recipient to be awarded theArt Ross Trophy
- Second-youngest player to receive the Hart Trophy
- The youngest captain in the NHL history
Concussion on the ice
In 2011, Crosby’s career almost came to a premature end when he suffered a concussion on the ice. Crosby was unable to play the remaining games of the season. In addition, there was speculation that post-concussion issues could prevent him from returning.
However, after a prolonged rehabilitation, Crosby rejoined the Penguins’ line-up in November 2011. Still, after a fortnight, he was sidelined again because of complications. His highly publicized injury led to an increased public debate to improve player safety.
An unlucky period
Although Crosby missed 12 games during the 2012-13 NHL season because of a broken jaw, he still scored an average of 1.56 points per game. However, the top-seeded Penguins were eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the conference finals.
During the 2013-2014 season, Crosby won his second career Art Ross Trophy. Nevertheless, Crosby totalled just one goal and eight assists in 13 games. In 2014-2015, Crosby scored 84 points resulting in the lowest total of his career.
Fighting back to win
In 2015 after a series of complications and injuries, Crosby helped the Penguins return to the top of the NHL by scoring 85 points.
- Totalled 19 points in 24 post-season games
- Led the NHL during the 2016-17 season
- Helped Pittsburgh reach the Stanley Cup Finals
- Won his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy.
- Kept the Penguins among the NHL’s best teams during the 2017-18 season.
Winter Olympics Gold medals
During the final of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Crosby scored the winning goal in overtime against the United States. He then won a second Olympic gold medal at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.