Over the long history of the NHL, there have only been a few players to have drawn comparisons with Wayne Gretzky. But when Sidney Crosby skated into the league with some amazing statistics, the world recognized him as the wunderkind he is. Even in his first season people compared him to the greats, and he’s continually lived up to expectations throughout his 13-year professional career ever since.
Sidney Crosby began playing hockey when he was two years old at his home in Nova Scotia, Canada. By the time he was three he had mastered skating. He quickly set himself apart from the other kids his age, so much so that he was denied the chance to play for the Halifax Mooseheads, his local junior hockey team, when he was ten. He instead enrolled at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota, where he scored a record-breaking 162 points in 2003.
When he returned to Canada to play for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) he performed so well that he was asked to play for the Canadian Junior Hockey Team. Crosby became the youngest player ever to score a goal at the World Junior Championships. He then became the number one pick in the 2005 NHL draft when he chosen by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sidney Crosby entered the league amid whispers that he would be the next Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr. He played his first game in October 2005, and even in his first year he emerged as one of the best new talents. Crosby improved even more his second year, finishing with 120 points, despite playing with a broken foot bone in several games. He set a record as the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy, and also became the second youngest ever to be awarded the Hart Trophy.
Since then, despite concussions and other injuries, Crosby has gone on to play exceptionally. After only two years with the Penguins he was named team captain. In the 2010 Winter Olympics he helped Team Canada win a gold medal. He led Pittsburgh to victory in the 2009 Stanley Cup, and although he skipped most of the 2011-12 season due to injury he returned the next year. Crosby is only 30, and he still has a long career ahead of him. In the 2016-17 season he was ranked first in goals created per game, offensive point shares, and adjusted goals, and he’s on track to be on top of those statistics again this year. You can view some of his all-time highlights here. With such a spectacular career so far, one can only wonder what his next achievements will be.
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