Hockey's Biggest Star:
Sidney Crosby follows Mario Lemieux
and Wayne Gretzky
as the dominant hockey talent and leading personality in the game. Crosby was a hockey star by the age of seven, when he gave his first media interviews. By the time he began his pro career in 2005, he was already one of hockey's most famous names.
Sidney Crosby's Spectacular Skill:
Sidney Crosby has been the best player on his team ever since he began playing minor hockey in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He has been a leading scorer and dominant force at every level of the game. Crosby won his first Art Ross Trophy
(NHL scoring title) and Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) in 2006-07, at the age of 19. He won his first Stanley Cup
The Sidney Crosby Concussion:
Sidney Crosby's seemingly unstoppable career came to a sudden halt in January of 2011, when he suffered a concussion after sustaining head hits in two consecutive games. He did not play for the rest of the 2010-11 NHL season, and was missing from the Pittsburgh Penguins
lineup as the 2011-12 season began. There were rumors he might retire. But Crosby appeared close to returning to action by the end of October.
Crosby's Marketing Power:
Crosby has had endorsement deals with Bell Canada, Tim Hortons, Reebok, Sportchek, and Gatorade. His game-worn jerseys have sold for over $20,000 in several charity auctions. His jersey from the 2007 NHL All Star Game sold $47,520.
Sidney Crosby Career Highlights:
- Born August 7, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Grows up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.
- His parents are Troy Crosby and Trina Forbes-Crosby.
- The Crosby family clothes dryer becomes part of the Sidney Crosby legend. As a boy he spends countless hours practicing in the basement, doing severe damage to the dryer as he shoots pucks into it.
- Dominates minor hockey leagues throughout his youth, often triggering on-ice abuse from opponents and verbal abuse from their parents.
- Partly to escape the pressure and difficulties of playing in his home town, Crosby enrolls at Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School in Minnesota at the age of 15. Shattuck-Saint Mary's is renowned for the excellence of its hockey program.
- In 2003, drafted first overall by the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In his first season as a junior, Crosby leads all players in Canadian junior hockey with 54 goals and 81 assists in 59 regular season games, and is named Player of the Year.
- In his second year of junior hockey, Crosby again leads all junior scorers with 66 goals and 102 assists in 62 games. Named Canada's Player of the Year again.
- Helps lead Team Canada to a silver medal at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championship, and a gold medal at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship.
- Selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the
2005 NHL Entry Draft.
- After recording an assist in his first NHL game, scores his first NHL goal October 8, 2005, in Pittsburgh's second game of the 2005-06 NHL season. Also records two assists as the Penguins lose 7-6 to the Boston Bruins.
- Named alternate captain of the Penguins in December, 2005.
- Finishes his rookie season in sixth place in the NHL scoring race, with 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points. Another rookie, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, finishes with 106 points and wins the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.
- In his second season, Crosby takes over the NHL scoring lead in December, going on to win the 2006-07 NHL scoring title with 36 goals and 84 assist for 120 points. He is the youngest scoring champion in NHL history, and wins the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player.
- Crosby is named Penguins captain at the end of the 2006-07 season.
- Signs a five-year, $43.5 million dollar contract extension in July, 2007, running to the end of the 2012-13 season.
- Scores 72 points in 53 games in 2007-08, missing time with an ankle injury.
- With 27 points in 20 games, Crosby finishes tied for the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoff scoring lead, as the Penguins lose to Detroit in the Stanley Cup Final.
- The 2009 playoffs end with a Pittsburgh-Detroit rematch in the Stanley Cup Final. Despite falling behind early in the series, the Penguins come back and claim the Cup in a classic series, winning the seventh game in Detroit. At 21 years, 10 months, and 5 days, Crosby is the youngest team captain ever to
raise the Stanley Cup.
- On February 28, 2010, Crosby scores at Crosby scores at 7:40 of overtime to give Canada a 4-3 win over the United States in the Gold Medal Game of the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament.
- Crosby's 2010-11 NHL season is cut short as he sustains a concussion after taking blows to the head on January 1 and January 5. He misses the rest of the regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With 66 points in 41 games, Crosby had been on a pace to finish the season with 132 points, which would have been the highest total since Mario Lemieux recorded 161 in 1995-96.