Beginning His Career
Making his Name Known
Signed for the NHL
His Current Career
Sidney Crosby is a young but well known player in the world of hockey. He has gone from a nothing to a something in less than twenty five years. He influences young children to follow their dream when it comes to sports. He has pushed his way through many injuries and still continues to lead his team to the top. Throughout this small amount of time, he has made a great career for himself.
Sidney Crosby is a 25 year old captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of the youngest in history getting the nickname “Sid the Kid.” Crosby was born on August 7, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He grew up in Cole Harbour with his mom Trina and his dad Troy (“Making His Mark 1”). Crosbys interest in hockey began when he was two. He played floor hockey with a sawed- off stick in his basement and showed enough wear against his family dryer to graduate to the ice at the young age of three. Two years later, he was competing in leagues in the local arena. To raise money for his equipment, his mom trina took odd jobs like handing out flyers. At the age of seven, Sidney was interviewed for a local newspaper. Soon after, he was a national sensation. He attended numerous camps. One of Sidney’s closest childhood friends and hockey teammates was Jackson Johnson, a talented player who doubled as Sidney's unofficial bodyguard. They made each other better players, making themselves, smarter and more confident. By that time, 14 year old Sidney made it to Triple-A Midget in 2001-02, he was growing into a well known young man. He enjoyed another banner year, scoring 44 goals in 31 contests against players two and three years older than him. His name was on the tips of tongues of hockey fans all over the country, and the question was no longer would Sidney be a star in the NHL, but when, and for whom. Though he was just over five and a half feet tall, Sidney was good enough to be an impact player in the Quebec
Major Junior Hockey League, which represented the next step in his career as a player. However,
QMJHL rules prohibit 15-year-olds from playing. The owner of the top pick in the league’s 2002 draft was Halifax. The Mooseheads petitioned the QMJHL to make an exception for Sidney; a request identical to the one made when Super Mario was coming up. Now, as then, league officials denied the petition. Sidney played one year for the Sabres and grew to 5-9 and 160 pounds. Logging a 57-game national schedule against the top prep teams, he netted 72 goals. Sidney was also the only player under age 18 invited to suit up for Team Canada during the 2003 World Junior Championships, making him one of just four 16 year olds ever to play for his country. Following the hockey season, Sidney and Johnson decided to go out for the SSM baseball team. Sidney became one of the school’s best pitchers. Other schools heckled the two hockey stars until Johnson let himself get hit by a pitch and charged the mound with Sidney at his side (“Growing Up 2”).
After his year at SSM, Sidney was eligible for the QMJHL draft. He was snapped up with the first pick by the Rimouski Oceanic, making coach Doris Labonte the happiest man in Canada. In his first game, he scored a total of 8 points. “Skating most of the year with two checkers shadowing him, Sidney still excelled in virtually every game he played. Particularly impressive was his willingness to go into corners and get out alive. Indeed, he had a knack for slipping away from the goons and then reappearing in the crease, where he could get to the puck before opponents had time to react. Sidney finished the season with six major awards, including QMJHL Rookie of the Year and MVP” (“Making His Mark”). He led the…