Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is 33 years old and only days away from commencing his 16th NHL season, according to NHL Network. According to NHL Network, Crosby is ranked fifth, with New York Rangers forward Artemi Panarin ranking fourth as the top winger. Center Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars is third.
Crosby has won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy five times, tying Mark Messier for most overall awards won by a Canadian-born player. The only other player who has won more than one award is Wayne Gretzky with eight victories. He also holds the record for most consecutive 100-point seasons with nine from 2009-17.
Crosby has been named the NHL's Most Valuable Player three times, winning it in 2010-11 when he led the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup title in 17 years. He was again selected MVP last year when he scored 81 points, finishing second in voting behind Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. This year, Crosby is once again leading the league in scoring with 44 points.
In 901 career games over 11 seasons, Crosby has scored 557 goals and 721 assists for 1,280 points. His.926 save percentage shows that he has been able to keep opponents' shots low.
Best known for: Captaining the Pittsburgh Penguins to two Stanley Cup victories. Sidney Crosby is perhaps the finest player in hockey. He plays in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he was named the league's youngest MVP in only his second season. "Sid the Kid" is his moniker.
He grew up in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, and began playing ice hockey at an early age. After representing Canada at several tournaments, including the 2006 Winter Olympics in Russia, where he won a gold medal, Crosby turned professional in 2007 when he signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has since been nominated for the Lady Byng Trophy three times - 2009, 2010, and 2011 - which is given to the player who demonstrates the most skill while playing against intensity levels comparable to those of men.
Crosby is a four-time winner of the NHL's Most Valuable Player Award and has been chosen as a first-team all-star ten times. The Canadian born player is considered one of the best hockey players in the world. His achievements include being only the third teenager to win the scoring title, and his 100th career goal came on April 9, 2009.
Crosby attended Bishop Spencer School in Halifax before going on to play major junior in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for the Ottawa 67's. There he helped lead the team to the 2005 Memorial Cup tournament title.
Sidney Patrick Crosby, ONS (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and the captain of the National Hockey League's Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL). He is the youngest player in NHL history to earn 100 points in a season at the age of 18 years and 253 days.
Crosby was born in Ottawa, Ontario, but grew up in Preston, British Columbia. He is a product of the junior system of the Vancouver Canucks, and after three seasons with the team, he was drafted first overall by the Penguins in the 2006 NHL Draft. He has since won two Stanley Cup titles with them.
Crosby made his NHL debut on October 4, 2005, against the Buffalo Sabres. He scored his first goal on October 11, 2005, against Al Montoya of the New York Islanders. He currently holds records for most goals by a rookie (20), most assists by a rookie (43), highest plus/minus rating by a rookie (plus-31), and most game-winning goals by a rookie (10). He also ranks second all-time among rookies in points (93).
After one season with the Penguins, during which he won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player, Crosby returned to the club from which he was drafted to play for the Vancouver Canucks.
While Crosby was the only Penguins player to make the Top 10, he was not the only one in the NHL Network's Top 50 right now. Crosby was joined by teammates Evgeni Malkin (18th) and Kris Letang (43rd). The other three players on the list are all from the Chicago Blackhawks: Jonathan Toews (2nd), Patrick Kane (7th), and Duncan Keith (10th).
Crosby is the greatest player of his generation and one of the best ever. He has won several awards including the Art Ross Trophy as the top scorer in the NHL, the Hart Memorial Trophy for most valuable player, and the Ted Lindsay Award as the league's most outstanding player. He has also been nominated for the James Norris Trophy as the hardest working player in the NHL. With more than 100 points in a season, Crosby is a surefire candidate for many more trophies.
They say history will be kind to Sid the Kid because he is a winner who has never lost a game due to injury. However, he did suffer two major injuries that prevented him from playing for years at a time. The first one happened when he was just 16 years old and made the incredible jump from junior hockey to the National Hockey League. Even though he came back from this injury, it still had an impact on his career.