Nicknamed “The Next One,” Crosby quickly lived up to his billing as the greatest hockey player since Wayne Gretzky. He made his NHL debut at age 18 as a center with the Pittsburgh Penguins and by his second season was the youngest player and the only teenager to win a scoring title in any major North American sports league. Crosby became the youngest team captain in NHL history when he accepted the position at age 19 years, 9 months and 24 days. Crosby was only 21 when the Penguins won the Stanley Cup in 2009. Within nine months, he would lead Canada to the Olympic gold medal, only its second since 1952. Crosby had been left off the Olympic team in 2006 by Gretzky, who thought he was too young. Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals in Turin, placing seventh. Four years later in Vancouver, Crosby scored the winning goal 7 minutes and 40 seconds into overtime to defeat the United States in the gold-medal game. It’s now known as the “Golden Goal” and is considered the biggest goal of Crosby’s generation. Crosby was sidelined for the better part of two seasons from 2011-13 because of the effects of a concussion, the NHL lockout and an errant puck that broke his jaw in March 2013. Wasting no time once the 2013-14 season began, Crosby started out with 17 points in eight games. After 34 games, he had 18 goals and 46 points. Crosby is still the poster boy for Canadian hockey and carries Canadian hopes on his shoulders for a repeat gold medal. Since Canada won the Olympic title in 1952 in Oslo, no team from North America has won the gold medal outside the continent.
- At age 21, he captained the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Stanley Cup, becoming the youngest person to captain a team to the Stanley Cup since 1896.
- Scored the only Gold Medal Game-winning, overtime, "golden goal" in Olympic history at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
- Had four goals and three assists in seven games at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
- Won the 2007 Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP.
- Led the NHL with 120 points during the 2006-07 season, and was its co-leader with 51 goals in 2009-10.
Things to know:
1. In 2007, Crosby was nominated for Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list.
2. He gave his $20,000 bonus for his Olympic gold medal to the Sidney Crosby Foundation, which provides financial help to children’s charities in Nova Scotia. Bell Canada matched the donation
3. Wears jersey No. 87 as a tribute to his date of birth, August 7, 1987 - 8/7/87.