Crosby – the Early Days

Sidney Crosby, born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 7, 1987, mastered his hockey skills at a very young age and quickly drew world attention. He was often named ???The Next One??? when he first became a superstar of the NHL, for all his similarities to ???The Great One??? (Wayne Gretzky). Now with less then 10 seasons played in the NHL, he already boasts an extremely lucrative career winning key NHL awards (including the Stanley Cup) and establishing numerous league records. So it is pretty safe to say that Crosby has become one of the most celebrated hockey players in the league of this generation.

Crosby Timbit hockeyInfluence from his father is obvious, with his dad Troy Crosby being an ex-goaltender for the Verdun Junior Canadians of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Sidney first began his hockey interest at the age of two, and learned to skate at the early age of three. His talent began to show at a young age with his first newspaper interview being given at seven years old and then making it onto TV by the age of 14.

Sidney???s minor hockey career was spent in Canada. In 2001, at the age of thirteen he was refused entry into midget level hockey (midget is for minor hockey players between the ages 15 to 17); his family sued but lost the case. The very next year he was cleared to play at the midget level with the Dartmouth Subways. He led the team to a second place finish at the 2002 Air Canada Cup earning the MVP by scoring 18 points in 5 games.

Sidney CrosbyCrosby met a lot of animosity while playing hockey in Canada, often being intentionally injured by other players and verbally abused by parents. Due to this unfavorable situation, he left Canada and joined the Shattuck-Saint Mary???s Boarding School in Minnesota, where he played hockey for their Sabres in the 2002-03, season leading them to a under 18 national championship.

Sidney was the first overall draft in the 2003 Midget Draft of the QMJHL. During this league he was awarding the prestige of the QMJHL Player of the month and the Canadian Hockey League player of the week three times. In 2005, Crosby once again led his team to victory when the Rimouski Oceanic won the Calder Cup, was named MVP as well as best offensive player and personality of the year.

In months leading up to the NHL entry draft, Sidney was is great demand, being termed the sport???s greatest new prospect. He was selected first overall in the draft by the Pittsburg Penguins and to this day is still regarded as one of the greatest draft picks in history. He never won the Calder trophy for rookie of the year but finished sixth overall in the scoring race during his first NHL season, and then first in his second. He became the youngest player to win any scoring title in any major North American sports league; no teenager has ever received such an award prior to Sidney.

Sidney Crosby currently captains the Pittsburg Penguins and continues to impress. With an impressive career behind him and nothing but more talented performances lying ahead, Sidney is a sporting great respected by many.

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