THE WORLD'S TOP ATHLETES Canada - Sidney Crosby - Hockey POWER Issue 2013

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Sidney Crosby

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Sidney Crosby is the youngest Captain in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), which operates professional ice hockey teams in Canada and the United States.  Born in 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia to a father who was also a hockey player, Mr. Crosby started playing hockey in his basement soon after he learned to walk.  When he was 13, he was successful in making the Dartmouth Subways team in a league made up of 16- and 17-year-olds.  However, he was deemed too young to play, and had to wait a year before joining the team.


Moving to Minnesota, Mr. Crosby attended Shattuck-St. Mary’s, a school with an emphasis on hockey.  He then played for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  At the end of the season, he was named Player of the Year, Top Rookie and Top Scorer, the first QMJHL player to win all three awards.  The next year, Mr. Crosby joined the Pittsburg Penguins.  After his second season with the NHL, he was awarded the Art Ross Trophy for the league’s leading scorer, the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league’s Most Valuable Player, and the Lester B. Pearson award, given to the most outstanding player voted on by the Player’s Association.  After completion of the season, he was named Captain of the Penguins, and in 2009 he became the youngest Captain in the history of the NHL to win the Stanley Cup.


Mr. Crosby helped lead Team Canada to a silver medal in 2004 and a gold in 2005 at the World Junior Championships, and scored the winning goal for Canada in overtime in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games against the United States to win a gold medal.  In 2011, he suffered two concussions within a week, and was forced to stop playing for the rest of the season.





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