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April 27, 2008

Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby Vital Stats
Birth Name: Sidney Crosby
Birth Date: August 7, 1987
Birth Place: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height: 5’11”
Romantic Link: Not known

Sidney Crosby Interesting Facts
Sidney Crosby counts Patrice Bergeron, whom he met with Team Canada juniors, Eric Neilson, who was his driver when he was with Rimouski, and Jack Johnson, whom he met during his stay at Shattuck St. Mary’s school, as his best friends.

Sidney Crosby has two favorite golfers: Tiger Woods for his excellence and Sergio Garcia for his cool.

Sidney Crosby Biography

Born to parents Troy and Trina Crosby in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on August 7, 1987, it was obvious that Sidney Crosby was destined to become a great hockey player.

Growing up in the small town of Cole Harbour with his sister Taylor, Sidney began playing hockey in the basement of his home with his father at the very young age of 2½.

By 3 years old, Sidney put on some ice skates and began playing ice hockey; although he was limited due to his immaturity, it was obvious that he loved the sport.

Sidney Crosby joins Rimouski Oceanic

When Sidney turned 7, the sports press got wind of his talent and word was out that Nova Scotia had a potential hockey great on its hands. As he got older, the press was keeping its eye on Sidney, and in 2001, he was featured on Hockey Day in Canada on the CBC network (a major network in Canada).

In 2002, Sidney’s sophomore year in high school was spent at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Faribault, Minnesota, where Crosby blew everyone away with his hockey skills as he managed to score 72 goals in only 52 games - a major feat.

To no one’s surprise, Crosby was selected first overall by the Rimouski Oceanic at the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) on June 9, 2003, further proving that he was destined for greatness.

Wayne Gretzky praises Crosby

If that weren’t enough, when Wayne Gretzky, who is arguably one of the best hockey players in the history of the game, was asked if he thought any hockey player would ever break his records, he answered that he believed that Sidney Crosby would.

During the 2003 season, Crosby was the only player under 18 years of age who was invited to play on the Canadian Junior Hockey Team and on December 23rd, Crosby became the first 16-year-old to score for the World Junior Hockey Championship. His goal-scoring puck can be seen at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Continuing his hockey play with Rimouski throughout 2004 and 2005, it was on July 30, 2005, eight days before his 18th birthday, that Crosby was chosen as the first draft pick overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL (National Hockey League).

Crosby named Rookie of the Month

That October, Crosby was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month, and by April 2006, he had become the youngest player in NHL history to score 90 points with a four-point effort.

So far in the 2006-2007 season, Crosby is showing what the hype is all about by scoring in almost every game he plays and setting up his teammates in some awesome goal-scoring plays.

In January 2008, Crosby suffered a sprained ankle and missed the next 21 games his team played. He finally returned in March 2008, but then sat out another 7 games because he felt his ankle wasn’t completely healed.

This is just the beginning for Sidney Crosby; as he continues to hone his play with the NHL, there’s no doubt that his name will be alongside the other greats of hockey.

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