Since 2010, Sidney Crosby has been acknowledged by most players, coaches, fans, and pundits as the best hockey player in the world. Of his peers – stars like Henrik Sedin, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane – only Jonathan Toews and Pavel Datsyuk can begin to compare with Crosby’s mastery of every facet of the game.
He is a brilliant goalscorer (he captured the NHL scoring title in his second season, at only 19 years old) who is an even better playmaker, the most offensively talented player of his generation who leads and inspires his team with tough defensive play and a strong physical presence in the tough spots on the ice. At only 25, Crosby has already captained his team to a Stanley Cup and led his country to an Olympic gold medal, himself scoring the golden goal to win the tournament. Barring further injury through concussion, Crosby will go down as one of the all-time greatest players in NHL and world hockey history.
- Born: Halifax, Canada, 1987
- Height/weight: 180 cm (5’11″) / 91 kg (200 lbs)
- Position: centre
- NHL teams: Pittsburgh Penguins
- NHL Awards (selected): Hart Trophy (most valuable player) – 2007; Art Ross Trophy (leading scorer) – 2007; Lester B Pearson Award (best player as chosen by peers) – 2007; Sporting News NHL Player of the Year – 2007; Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (top goalscorer) — 2010