Sidney Crosby has been a sensation in the NHL from the first day he stepped into the league. A lot of hype was around him before he came into NHL and a lot more was expected of him after he got drafted. Fortunately, he was able to meet up with the hype and currently records a lustrous career.
Sidney Crosby has played for 18 seasons so far and has had the opportunity to win the Stanley cup with the Penguins three times. This has also given him the chance to be placed with All-Time Greats of the NHL who won the cup in their career.
Stanley Cups Won By Crosby
Sid The Kid (as he is fondly called) has won a total of three NHL Stanley Cups, winning them in his 4th, 10th and 11th NHL season. Read more on the history of the Stanley Cup.
2008-09 NHL Season
With the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2008–2009 NHL season, Crosby captured his first Stanley Cup since joining the league. The Pittsburgh Penguins advanced to the 2007–08 Stanley Cup Finals, but the Detroit Red Wings eliminated them. When the Penguins and Red Wings met in the Stanley Cup Finals the following year, it was Crosby’s team that prevailed, taking home their first championship since the 1991–92 campaign.
The Red Wings enjoyed a two-series lead in the finals during the rematch in the 2008–09 season, prompting many viewers to believe they were going to win the trophy. Unexpectedly, the Penguins made a comeback in the third and fourth series to tie the game 2-2.
The Red Wings won the fifth series, but the score was tied when the Penguins won the sixth game, bringing the series to a seventh game, which the Penguins won 2-1. The stunning combination of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin was crucial for the win.
2015-16 NHL Season
It took the Penguins six years to reach the Stanley Cup playoffs, where they will face the San Jose Sharks. This followed their elimination in the conference semi-finals in 2009–10, as well as the terrible playoffs and Crosby’s injury in 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
The Penguins dominated the San Jose Sharks in six games in their second Stanley Cup appearance since the one against the Red Wings.
Sidney Crosby also dominated the playoffs and Stanley Cup final that season, tallying 36 goals and 49 assists. He went on to win the title for most valuable player that year.
2016-17 NHL Season
Crosby also led the Penguins to another Stanley Cup victory which was his third victory with the NHL franchise. It was also the franchise’s second consecutive Stanley cup win after the first from 1990-02.
Sidney Crosby, one of just three players to win the Conn Smythe award consecutively, went on to win the most valuable player title with 44 goals and 45 assists. Bernie Parent, an NHL Hall of Famer, and Mario Lemieux are in first and second, respectively.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2016–17 season was incredible, as they won important games and advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they met the Nashville Predators, who were day-viewing their first Stanley Cup Finals games. It was practically a given that the Penguins would win the Stanley Cup for a second consecutive year, much like the season before, which is exactly what happened.
This was the third Stanley Cup for Crosby and the fifth for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sidney Crosby Career
Sidney was on the path to greatness right from a tender age. He had been outplaying everyone in every hockey game from the start. Major factors in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ five Stanley Cup victories include his influence and impact on the team.
Sidney Crosby is regarded as the second-greatest player of all time (after Wayne Gretzky) because he is a talented and well-rounded athlete. He possesses nearly unmatched stamina, strategies, game-changing ideas, fierce stick skills, strong defense, a concentrated attitude, outstanding goal-scoring stats, and more. He also boasts a host of other skills.
Whatever the skill is, Crosby excels in it as far as how it relates to ice hockey. More significantly, it contributed to his ability to help the Penguins transition from missing the playoffs for four years in a row to making the playoffs and taking home the Stanley Cup in his first four seasons.
Here is a little history about the legendary NHL star, Sid The Kid.
Sidney Crosby At An Early Age
I feel Sidney Crosby was born to play hockey. His father (Troy Crosby) was also a professional ice hockey goalie who won the President’s Cup and was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.
Sid was born on August 7, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He began playing hockey at the age of two and was staking on the ice by the age of three. By the time the youngster reached the age of five, he had dominated the game for his age group. According to his coach, he demonstrated abilities that no other child his age had demonstrated.
Sidney dominated games against opponents who were much older than him, demonstrating that his hockey talent was innate. More importantly, as the celebrity of his community, he was covered by the local media at the age of seven and the national media before he turned eighteen.
Afterwards, his parents enrolled the 15-year-old Crosby at a hockey-centric school in Faribault, Minnesota, where he attended for a full year. At the QMJHL (Quebec Major Joint Hockey League) selection, Rimouski Océanic selected Crosby first, following in the footsteps of his father.
One of Canada’s three top junior hockey leagues, the QMJHL is home to some of the country’s top young players. Sid joined at the age of 16 to gauge his abilities against the finest Canadians, and it turned out he was the best.
Crosby scored eight points in his first preseason contest with the Rimouski Océanic. He made a strong impression in the QMJHL during his first season, being the first player in a junior league to win the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards while also leading the league in scoring with 135 points.
In The NHL
The chances of Sidney Crosby being the first pick were undisputed, but the question was who would get the first pick during the draft. He entered the NHL draft in 2005 following an NHL lockout for the 2004-05 season. The following year the NHL then decided to use the lottery draft which gave all 30 NHL franchises a chance to have the first pick.
Despite Crosby’s desire to play for the Montreal Canadiens, destiny had other plans for him. Finally, the Pittsburgh Penguins had the honor of selecting the first draft pick that year, and that player was none other than Sidney Crosby.
Prior to Sid joining the Penguins, they had three seasons in a row in which they finished last in their division without making the playoffs.
Despite being the youngest player in the NHL, Sidney Crosby was charged with controlling the rink. And fortunately, it is exactly what took place. Crosby became the youngest player to get over 100 points in a season during his first campaign with the Penguins, with a total of 39 goals and 63 assists.
As the Penguins’ captain in the 2006–07 campaign, Crosby received a 43.5 million dollar contract extension. Crosby led the Penguins to their first playoff game in four years during his second season (2006–07), but they were defeated in the opening round.
The Penguins reached the Stanley Cup finals the next year for the first time since the 1991–92 campaign. They met the Red Wings in the championship game, but despite Crosby’s valiant attempts, they fell short. The next year, they faced the Red Wings again in the Stanley Cup finals, which they won in seven games to capture their third championship.
Later, Crosby would go on to win two further Stanley Cups and numerous honors for his exceptional ice hockey aptitude and skill.
Achievements of Sidney Crosby
|Number of Trophies
|2007, 2016, 2017
|Ted Lindsay Award
|2007, 2013, 2014
|Conn Smythe Award
|Art Ross Trophy
|Hart Memorial Trophy
|Mark Messier Leadership Award
Sidney Crosby will always be one of the All-Time Greats in the NHL. The ice hockey sensation played 18 seasons so far, and at the age of 34, he still puts up a remarkable game when he is on ice.
The only expectation ice hockey fans want to see is how high this generational talent will rank on the board of players with the most career points. Only time can tell.