Player of the Week - Sidney Crosby

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After chocking up yet another impressive season, Sidney Crosby has some new hardware to add to his growing collection of NHL Awards. After finishing the regular season second in assists (41), third in points (56) and fourth in plus/minus (+26), his peers, and the players he competes against night-in, night-out gave him their nod of confidence voting “Sid” this year’s Ted Lindsay Award recipient. The award is presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA. It was Crosby’s second time receiving the players’ award (2006-07), putting him in great company with the likes of Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Marcel Dionne Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux to name a few, as multiple winners.

With eight NHL seasons under his belt at the age of twenty-five, Crosby’s resume is already littered with achievements and awards. In addition to his two most outstanding player awards, the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native has won the Art Ross Trophy (2007), Hart Memorial Trophy (2007), Mark Messier Leadership Award (2010) and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (2010) to go along with a Stanley Cup victory (2009). 

Crosby’s success has not been limited to the NHL. His size, speed and offensive acumen have been on display at various levels of international competition throughout his career.  He captured gold medals as a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and 2005 World Junior Championships and became the youngest player ever to win a World Championship scoring title when he netted 8 goals and 8 assists in the 2005-06 tournament. 

-         Finished the playoffs with 7 goals, 8 assists for 15 points in 14 games

-         Won fifty percent of his faceoffs this postseason while taking the third most draws (344)

-               Led the Penguins to top spot in the Eastern Conference standings with 72 points, nine points ahead of the second place Montreal Canadiens

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada on August 7, 1987
  • Drafted in the 1st round, 1st overall by the Pittsburgh  Penguins in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
  • Played two season with Rimouski of the QMJHL recording 303 points (120 goals, 138 assists) in 121 games
  • Has played in five NHL All-Star Games (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010,11)
  • Recorded a career high 120 points (36 goals, 84 assists) in 2006-07, his second NHL season

 

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