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Sidney Crosby Number 1 Draft Pick

Saturday July 30, 2005

Sidney Crosby Drafted Number 1 in the 2005 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.


Crosby's First NHL Game Ever and First Career Point

Wednesday October 5, 2005

Sidney Crosby played his first professional NHL game on October 5, 2005, against the New Jersey Devils. Crosby and John LeClair each registered an assist for a goal scored by Mark Recchi against legendary goalie Martin Brodeur. The Devils won the game 5-1 and Crosby earned his first NHL point.


Crosby Notches Another Assist in His Second NHL Game

Friday October 7, 2005

Sidney Crosby made a sweet centering pass to Ziggy Palffy resulting in a power play game tieing goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the final minute and twenty four seconds of the third period. This earned Crosby his second point in only his second NHL game. The hockey game was sent into a scoreless overtime. The Carolina Hurricanes and their rookie goaltender Cam Ward beat out the Penguins 3-2 during the shoot out.


Sidney Crosby Scores His First NHL Goal and Multipoint Game

Saturday October 8, 2005

Sidney Crosby made his debut at home in Pittsburgh by firing off a shot right between defenders Brian Leetch and Ian Moran during the second period of a game against the Boston Bruins. The bouncing rebound was whizzed past goalie Hannu Toivonen making history as Crosby's first NHL goal.

Crosby also had his first multi point game with 2 assists on goals by Ric Jackman and Brooks Orpik, in addition to his goal, giving him 3 points total for the game. Mario Lemieux also delighted fans that night with a phenominal performance and his first 2 goal game in 2 and half seasons. Unfortunately, the Penguins lost the game to Boston 7-6.

You can watch a cool video of Sidney Crosby's first goal on the NHL website.

(Note: Techincally Crosby's first NHL goal was in a preseason game against the Ottawa Senators on September 24, 2005.)


Sidney Crosby Named The League's Rookie of The Month For October

Wednesday November 2, 2005

Sidney Crosby's first month in the NHL indicated the hype surrounding him is real.

Crosby, recorded two goals and 14 points in his first 11 games, earning him Rookie of the Month for October.

Crosby recorded at least one point in each of his first six games.


Sid The Kid Notches His First Multigoal Game

Thursday November 3, 2005

In a 5-1 Penguins victory over the New York Islanders, Sidney Crosby notched his first multigoal game with two goals both set up for him by the legendary Mario Lemieux.

Both goals were against Rick DiPietro, the first goalie ever drafted first overall in the NHL.

When asked how Crosby felt about achieving another in his sting of firsts in the NHL, the always humble Crosby replied, "Maybe there will be some other firsts, but I don't look at a two-goal game too high up on the firsts list."


Crosby Scores The Pittsburgh Penguins First Shoot Out Goal In History

Thursday November 10, 2005

During the 2005-06 NHL Season (Sidney Crosby's rookie season) the league implemented a shoot out for all games that remain tied after a five-minute overtime period.

Sidney Crosby recorded his first ever shootout game winning goal, and the first one in Pittsburgh's history, on November 10, 2005 against the Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Jose Theodore. The Canadiens were Crosby's favorite team growing up and his backhander sent Theodore's water bottle flying skyward.

Pittsburgh had a two-goal lead with goals by both Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby. The Canadiens caught up but Crosby's shoot out goal led the Penguins to a 3-2 victory.

This was one of Crosby's nicest goals and the type you will definitely find on highlight reels. Even goalie Jose Theodore said; "He (Crosby) made a nice play -- good players make good moves and he made a good move."

This was the first time Sidney Crosby faced an NHL team from Canada in his professional career.

 


Just Two Months Into His Rookie Season 18 Year Old Sidney Crosby Was Named Alternate Captain

Thursday December 16, 2005

One of the first things new Penguins coach Michel Therrien did was name Sidney Crosby alternate captain of the team. This drew criticism from a lot of hockey fans and Don Cherry himself.

Up to this point Sidney Crosby, while very young and inexperienced in the NHL, was the best player on the team, was outspoken against his teams efforts, showed remarkable poise and intelligence, and led by example. Both current captain Mario Lemieux and coach Therrien supported Crosby as alternate captain indicating he will eventually be captain of the Pittsburg Penguins.

 


Team Canada Denies Crosby The Chance To Play At The 2006 Turin Winter Olympics

Wednesday December 21, 2005

Mario Lemieux most certainly would have been captain of the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team if he was not experiencing heart problems. The legendary Lemieux recommended Team Canada utilize young phenom Sidney Crosby. Instead Crosby was denied that chance. This is what an article on the Sports Illustrated web site had to say:

"By snubbing Sidney Crosby, Hockey Canada basically downgraded Mario Lemieux from icon to just another Canadian arguing about the Olympic team."

Kevin Lowe, Team Canada's assistant executive director stated they decided to go with veteran players who have a proven track record at the International level.

Given that Sidney Crosby was only 18 years old at the time and didn't have much of a international hockey resume, then Team Canada's decision made sense. I may be biased but they should of made an exception in Sidney Crosby's case, what he lacks in international experience, he more that makes up for in god given natural skill, talent, and the ability to thrive under pressure.

The good news is we are sure to see Crosby at the 2010 Winter Olympics on Team Canada's hockey team. In fact, Kevin Lowe relayed a message from Wayne Gretzky that stated:

"There's a good chance that Sidney could be the leader of the team in 2010"

 


Sidney Crosby Opposes The Banning of Street Hockey In Halifax Nova Scotia

Monday January 30, 2006

Playing road hockey as a child holds many memories for most Canadians including Cole Harbor Nova Scotia native Sidney Crosby. When Sidney Crosby's mother Trina told him about a proposed by-law in Halifax Nova Scotia that appears to ban road hockey, he immediately responded with an e-mail to Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly asking regional council to reject a vaguely worded proposal that could see the popular pastime banned.

It turned out the by-law was so vaguely worded that someone suggested that it may include banning road hockey. The mayor said the wording is a mistake and needs to be clearer. They didn't intend to ban road hockey.

In the past other hockey stars have stood up for road hockey. This includes legend Bobby Orr who spoke out in a newspaper interview against a proposed street hockey ban in Rothesay, N.B.

 


Sidney Crosby Misses His First NHL Game With The Flu

Thursday February 2, 2006

Center Sidney Crosby missed his first game of the season and his NHL career against the Senators with flu-like symptoms. The Penguins missed Crosby in a 7-2 loss to Ottawa in front of an announced crowd of 14,714 at Mellon Arena. Pittsburgh played well for the first half of the game and held a 2-0 lead with goals from Michel Ouellet and Ryan Malone before the wheels fell off.

 


Sidney Crosby Beats Mario Lemieux's Franchise Assist Record by a Rookie

Thursday April 13, 2006

After registering a goal and three assists in a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers, Sidney Crosby surpassed the Pittsburg Penguins franchise record for assists by a rookie. Mario Lemieux set the previous franchise rookie record during the 1984-85 NHL hockey season with 57 assists. Mario Lemieux was 19 years old at the time, Sidney Crosby was a year younger, 18, and by the end of his rookie season he set the new franchise record for assists by a rookie at 63.

 


Sidney Crosby Becomes The Youngest Player in NHL History to Reach 100 points

Monday April 17, 2006

Dale Hawerchuk, Wayne Gretzky, and Sidney Crosby are the only hockey players in NHL history to register 100 points at 18 years old. No other hockey player has achieved this feat. Greats like Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Joromir Jagr, and Mario Lemieux made the attempt but didn’t make the mark at 18 years old.

Technically Wayne Gretzky was the first 18 year old to reach 100 points but he wasn’t playing in the NHL when he accomplished this feat. Gretzky was playing for the WHA’s Oilers in 1978-79, the team moved to the NHL a season.

The first 18 year old to actually reach 100 points in the NHL was Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk of the Winnipeg Jets during the 1981-82 NHL season finishing with 103 points. Hawerchuk was a few days short of turning 19 years old (18 years and 354 days old).Crosby was 18 years and 253 days old when he reached 100 points making him the youngest NHL player in history to make the mark. Sidney Crosby, Dale Hawerchuk, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny, Teemu Selanne, Joe Juneau and Alexander Ovechkin are the only NHL rookies to reach triple-figures up to this point in time. Sidney Crosby pulled off this incredible record by setting up three goals in a game where the Penguins beat the New York Islanders 6-1. On this date Crosby also tied Mario Lemieux's Peguins franchise rookie record of 100 points.

 


Gatorade Launches "Sticks" Commericial Featuring Sidney Crosby Uniting Canadians Through A National Rallying Cry For Road Hockey.

Monday April 17, 2006

Gatorade's new integrated marketing campaign featuring NHL phenom Sidney Crosby launches across Canada, and acts as a national rallying cry uniting Canadians in celebration of road hockey. Here is the commercial:

 


Sidney Crosby Finishes His Rookie Season with 102 Points Beating The Pittsburgh Penguins Franchise Record of Points Reached by a Rookie.

Tuesday April 18, 2006

Mario Lemieux held the Penguins franchise record of points reached by a rookie at 100, until Sidney Crosby came along. In his final game, of his rookie season, Crosby had a goal and an assist to give him a total of 102 points beating the record set by Lemieux during the 1984-85 NHL season.

Sidney Crosby's final NHL game during his rookie season, when he broke the Penguins rookie scoring record, was against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs beat The Penguins 5-3.

By the end of the regular NHL season Sidney Crosby, only 18 years old, finished sixth in over all points and seventh in the NHL in assists, and broke a record to go along with the other records he broke in his rookie season. Very impressive indeed.

Sidney Crosby's NHL Rookie Season Stats

During Sidney Crosby's NHL rookie year, his regular season stats in 81 games played were 39 goals, 63 assists, 102 points, and 110 penalties in minutes.

Sidney Crosby was the first rookie in NHL history to record 100 points and 100 penalty minutes in a season.

He was also the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points in a season. Only six other NHL players reached 100 points during their rookie season. Ovechkin did it before Crosby, during the same season, to become number 6 and Crosby becomes number 7. The others to accomplish this feat were Dale Hawerchuk, Mario Lemieux, Peter Stastny, Teemu Selanne, and Joe Juneau.

 


Alexander Ovechkin Overshadows Sidney Crosby To Take The Rookie of The Year Award.

Thursday June 22, 2006

At the beginning of the 2005-06 NHL season a lot of talk was focused on Sidney Crosby winning rookie of the year. However, Alexander Ovechkin overshadowed Sidney Crosby to take the Calder Rookie of The Year award.

Ovechkin’s stats were quite impressive, after playing 81 games he scored 52 goals, made 54 assists, and earned 106 points. Besides Ovechkin’s 52 goals and 106 points ranking best overall for rookies that season, both his goals and points ranked 3rd among all rookies in NHL history, both ranked 3rd best among all NHL players for the season, and he became the second player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals and 100 points in a rookie season. Teemu Selanne was the first. Ovechkin led all players that year in shots taken at 425, the most ever by a rookie in NHL history. Finally, only 3 other players scored at least 50 goals in their rookie season, Teemu Selanne (1992-93), Mike Bossy (1977-78) and Joe Nieuwendyk (1987-88). He was the first member in Washington Capitals’ history to win rookie of the year and the fourth Russian born player to ever win it too.

It is about more than just impressive stats and records when looking back at Ovechkin’s rookie year. The way he played the game was amazing. Ovechkin dazzled hockey fans with incredible speed, skilled puck handling, big hits, and a dead accurate sniper shot.

During his rookie season Ovechkin scored one of the most memorable goals in recent memory, while sliding on his back, it made highlight clips on all kinds of television shows and news. Here it is...

Overall, Crosby is a better rounded player, while Ovechkin is an offensive powerhouse. Throughout the season the media constantly compared Ovechkin and Crosby but in the end Ovechkin won the Calder Rookie of The Year Award. To this day the debate of whether or not Crosby should of won rages on. Crosby fans can look on the bright side; Gretzky The Great One didn’t win the Calder Award either and look at what he accomplished throughout his career.


It Was No Surprise That Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin Were Named To And Highlighted The NHL All Rookie Team

Thursday June 22, 2006

The NHL All Rookie Team is named each year through representatives of the Professional Hockey Writer’s Association casting votes at the end of the NHL regular season. The first All Rookie Team was selected at the end of the 1982-83 NHL season. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin easily made and were the highlight of the 2005-05 NHL All Rookie Team. The other members of the team were goalie Henrik Lundqvist, defenders Dion Phaneuf and Andrej Meszaros, and forward Brad Boyes.


Sidney Crosby's First Career Hat Trick

Saturday October 28, 2006

Sidney Crosby recorded his first hat trick in an 8-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Crosby took the first shot of the game for the Pittsburgh Penguins and scored the goal during the first period to tie the game. During the second period he scored two more goals. The final goal of the hat trick occured when Crosby stole the puck off of Darrien Hatcher's stick. This earned him an unassisted goal and gave Sidney Crosby his first career hat trick.

ESPN reported Crosby as saying: "It's special. It's always nice, first time anything in the NHL, you never try to think about it too much, but it's always a nice milestone to have to get your first hat trick."


Sidney Crosby's First 6 Point Game And First Time In His Career Taking The The Lead In NHL Scoring Becoming The Second Teenager In History To Accomplish This Feat... Wayne Gretzky Was The First.

Wednesday December 13, 2006

Sidney Crosby recorded his first 6 point game against the Philadelphia Flyers with 1 goal and 5 assists. The Penguins beat the Flyers 8-4. Obviously, Crosby knows how to score goals and how to send the puck to his teammates giving them opportunities to score goals too.

Sidney Crosby’s previous best since his NHL debut was 4 points in a game, which he did 3 times up to this point. On this date Crosby’s six points accelerated him into first place of the NHL scoring race with a total of 47 points (15 goals, 32 assists) to surpass veteran Jaromir Jagr of The New York Rangers (44 points). Wayne Gretzky was the first teenager in history to ever lead the NHL in points, Sidney Crosby became the second.

The record for most points scored in one game by one player against the flyers is 7. The record is held by held by Red Berenson and Crosby was just one point short.

This six point game for Crosby was enough for him to take the lead in NHL scoring for the first time in his career.


Sidney Crosby Named NHL's Third Star For December 2006

Tuesday January 2, 2007

The NHL stars for December were... Jarome Iginla, Domnik Hasek, and Sidney Crosby... in that order. Overall, Crosby finished second in scoring for December 2006 and reached the top of the NHL scoring race on December 13, 2006, for the first time in his career. All at only 19 years old.

The only other player in modern history to ever reach the top of the scoring list as a teenager was Wayne Gretzky at the end of the 1979-80 season and against early in 1980-81.


Sidney Crosby Becomes The First Player of The 2006-07 NHL Season To Reach 60 Points

Tuesday January 2, 2007

In a game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Sidney Crosby scored 2 goals and notched an assist becoming the first player of the 2006-07 NHL season to reach 60 points. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the game 3-0.


2007 NHL All Star Game: Sidney Crosby Makes NHL History Becoming The Youngest Player to Ever Start In An NHL All Star Game and Earning The Second Most Votes In This Annual Hockey Game’s History

Wednesday January 24, 2007

During the six week online voting process for the 55th NHL All Star Game, hockey fans gave Sidney Crosby 825,783 votes to start, as center for the Eastern Conference, Joe Thornton came in second with 663,931 votes. The only player to ever receive more votes for the NHL All Star Game was Jaromir Jagr with 1,020,736 back in the year 2000.

Sidney Crosby made history by becoming the youngest hockey player in NHL history to be voted into a starting position. Crosby broke the record for youngest player ever voted in as a starter set by Jaromir Jagr. Jagr held the record since 1992 at 19 years 11 months old. Crosby beat this record by 6 months.

Fan balloting started back in 1986 when Wendel Clark was in the All Star Game. Clark was 19 years and 102 days old and Crosby was only 19 years, 167 days old (give or take a few days). The impressive point here is that Crosby was voted in as a starter and Clark was not.

Up to this point in time Jaromir Jagr and Owen Nolan in 1992 were the last teenagers to participate in the All Star Game until Rick Nash came along in 2004 and Sidney Crosby in 2006. The top three youngest players to play in the All Star Game since fan balloting started up to this point in time, in order of youngest to oldest, were Sidney Crosby, Wendel Clark, and Rick Nash. Again, only Crosby was voted in as a starter.

Both Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky were just 19 years old when they first played in an all star game. Like Gretzky, Sidney Crosby was held pointless during the game. The Sports Frog Blog reported on January 25, 2007 that the NHL's best shunned Crosby denying him a chance to earn points.

The Sports Frog blog post states, "When Wayne Gretzky was a kid playing in his first NHL All-Star game, the NHL's best did the exact same thing to him. They shut him out, shunned him. Make no mistake . . . this was a loud and clear message. No points. Make no mistake.

At any level of hockey there are men who have paid the price and devoted their lives to this game. There are people who have spilled their blood and broken their bones in the name of winning. Some have won, some have not. Few hoist Lord Stanley's metal. Many attacked the very idea of even making it to the NHL with every bone in their body only to be told they never had a chance. Anguish is a dream denied. And then a 19-year old kid who has never won any NHL hardware comes along and, no fault of his own, the NHL hypes him beyond far too much. He becomes suddenly the poster kid for the very All Star shirts they are wearing. Golden Boy. Unproven assumed savior. You can safely blame Bettman, Reebok, and the Love Of Money.

Did you really expect a vet like (oh, let's say) Brendan Shanahan to set him up for easy goals so the game can be all about The Boy Wonder? So Sid can go out and get 4 goals and 5 assists and be All-Star MVP at the age of 19 making the NHL even more Crosby-centric? No way. Not in our game. No. That doesn't happen in hockey. Hockey does not give away legacies on the cheap. The message was clear. You must know your place. Wanna be in the Pantheon? Earn it. You're good. You're damned good. We even like you. But there are guys out here that are damned good, too. And you just haven't earned it yet, baby."

This was the first NHL All Star Game since 2004. The NHL lockout prevented a game during 2005 and the 2006 Winter Olympics made the NHL decide to cancel that year too.

Interesting fact: On Monday January 22, 2007 Bruce Aurtur from The National Post reported Daniel Briere's son, Carson, said, "Wow, your're going to play with Sidney Crosby," when he was told his dad would be starting on the same All Star team as Sidney.


Sidney Crosby Sets NHL Record Becoming The Youngest Hockey Player With Two 100 Point Seasons

Saturday March 10, 2007

In a game against the New York Rangers, Sidney Crosby scored the game tying power play goal during the third period sending the game into overtime. Sidney Crosby missed the overtime because he was in the dressing room fixing equipment problems. However, he heard the home crowd go wild when team mate Colby Armstrong scored the overtime winner. At 19 years and 207 days old, Crosby’s tying goal was his 200th NHL career point making him the youngest player in history to reach two 100 points seasons. Sidney Crosby beat Wayne Gretzky at this by 140 days in age.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
     
 

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