The Glittering Career of Sidney Crosby
There are a plethora of NHL stars who have hailed from Canada over the last twenty years but very few can match the achievements of Sidney Crosby. Born in Nova Scotia, Crosby was always destined to be a star of the game after impressing at junior level and he also hailed from a sports-mad family. His father was a goaltender for Montreal Canadiens and following a modest career, he was seemingly keen for his son to go one step further. During his junior career, he excelled and became the youngest ever player to score in the World Junior Championships. He was making a name for himself and attracting admiring glances from a number of NHL teams.
He was picked up in the 2005 draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, selected as their first overall choice. They put their faith in a youngster from Canada and it paid dividends.
Early Life at the Pittsburgh Penguins
His debut season saw him amass 102 points despite being given limited time on the ice and he was also dubbed one of the league’s best young players by a number of media outlets.
He continued to excel and during his second season in Pittsburgh he managed to secure the Art Ross Trophy following an impressive haul of 120 points during the regular season. The silverware kept on coming with the Hart Memorial Trophy also secured. He was also deemed the MVP which completed a truly remarkable breakthrough season for the Canadian.
In May 2007, Crosby was installed as captain after playing just 165 games for his side. He initially rejected the offer four months earlier as he didn’t believe he was ready for the responsibility. He was just 19 years and 297 days old when he finally accepted the role, making him the youngest ever NHL captain, beating the previous record by 27 days.
Despite missing a handful of games due to injury, he led his side to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals where they were defeated by the Detroit Red Wings. A 2-1 defeat at the Mellon Arena was a significant blow and they weren’t able to recover in time for game six.
Crosby finally got his hands on the Stanley Cup just twelve months later when guiding his side to success during the 2009 season. They avenged last year’s defeat by beating the Red Wings in seven games with Crosby becoming the youngest captain in the history of the NHL to lift the trophy. He scored 51 goals during the course of the season and added yet more silverware to his ever-increasing collection.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for Crosby who has suffered a number of injuries during the subsequent seasons. Concussion left him side-lined for the start of the 2011-12 campaign after he had previously missed out on the 2010-11 play-offs following a blow to the head.
Despite missing a large chunk of the campaign, he still finished as the team’s leading scorer, amassing 66 points during his 41 appearances.
As well as embarking on a hugely successful club career, Crosby has also represented his country on numerous occasions. He played a major role in Canada’s 2010 success at the Winter Olympics which were held in Vancouver. He netted a game-winning goal during a shoot-out with Switzerland to help catapult his side through to the next round and he also netted the decisive goal during overtime in the gold-medal winning game against the United States.
This is still regarded as one of Canada’s greatest sporting achievements.
In 2015, he captained Canada to success in the World Championships and helped his side bounce back from eight barren years in this competition. He scored four goals during the event and also claimed seven assists.