Sidney Crosby is known as one of the most anticipated new players to lace up a pair of skates in years, he is believed by many to have innate talent comparable to that of Legendary Wayne Gretzky (also known as “The Great One”) and other NHL super stars, an assessment that has led to the nickname, “The Next One”.

Crosby was drafted first overall in the QMJHL Draft on June 7, 2003 by the Rimouski Oc??anic and he quickly went on to win the QMJHL scoring title while setting new records for 16-year-olds during his rookie season. He achieved 54 goals and 81 assists during his first season with Rimouski.

On July 22, 2005 the NHL, upon ratification of its new collective bargaining agreement, held its first ever league wide draft lottery, that was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins then selected Sidney Crosby as tier first selection and the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. It gave Crosby the opportunity to play along side the man to whom he has drawn several comparisons, Mario Lemieux.
He played his first professional NHL game on October 5, 2005, against the New Jersey Devils, and registered an assist on a goal scored by Mark Recchi. He continued his success in his next two NHL games, registering an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 7, 2005, and then scoring his first career NHL goal and adding two assists against the Boston Bruins the next night. Crosby’s first NHL goal came against goaltender Hannu Toivonen and was assisted by line mates Mark Recchi and Zigmund Palffy.

On Thursday, November 4, Sidney recorded his first 2-goal game against the New York Islanders in a 5-1 win. Sidney also put up an assist for a three point night. This performance came just after receiving recognition as the October Rookie of the month. November was a very exciting month for Sidney. On November 10, he scored a shootout winning goal on home ice, against the Montreal Canadiens (Crosby’s favorite team growing up). The 18 year old sensation scored the deciding shoot out goal on a backhand shot, roofing the puck past goaltender Jose Theodore, sending the net minder’s water bottle skyward and the Mellon Arena crowd into a frenzy.

Just six days later, in Philadelphia, he was high sticked by the Flyers’ Derian Hatcher during regulation play, cutting his lip and chipping his two front teeth. However, the rough-housing only seemed to ignite and inspire the talented youngster, as he scored the game winning goal in sudden death overtime to defeat the Flyers.

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