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Sidney Crosby: Biography of Pittsburgh Penguins Superstar

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Sidney Patrick Crosby was born August 7th, 1987, and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. It wasn't long before he was dominating local teams and being touted as the next great superstar. After briefly playing in the United States, Crosby was back in Canada and showing the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League what he could do. From there, he was drafted first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2005, and he went on to be an NHL star. He also proved himself on the world stage as a member of Canada's junior team, and by scoring the OT winner for Team Canada in the 2010 Winter Olympics. No wonder he's known as "The Next One." In this video, learns more about the life and career of Sidney Crosby.

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Biography of Sidney Crosby

He’s Sid the Kid. Welcome to, and today we’ll be learning more about the life and career of Sidney Crosby.

Early Life

Sidney Patrick Crosby was born August 7th, 1987, and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Crosby’s dad was a goalie drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, which gave Sid something to shoot for.

Talented at an Early Age

At two, Sidney used the dryer for target practice, and at three he was on skates. By 14 he was playing with the Midget AAA Dartmouth Subways, and local media hyped him as a future superstar. However, even then, opponents targeted him with abuse.

Youth Play

Crosby escaped to Minnesota in 2002 to play for Shattuck-Saint Mary's Boarding School. He assisted them in winning the U.S. national championship, but wasn’t able to help Team Canada medal at the 2003 under-18 Junior World Cup.


Back in Canada for 2003-2004, he was drafted first overall by the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Among the honors bestowed on Crosby during his two seasons in the QMJHL was the Rookie of the Year award as well as the Jean Beliveau Trophy for high scoring.

A Popular Player

In 2004, Sid ignored a $7.5 million contract from the ill-fated World Hockey Association in favor of an NHL career. He then made back-to-back appearances on Canada’s World Junior team, where he won silver in 2004 and gold in 2005. 2005 also saw him lead Rimouski to a President’s Cup victory.

The Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes

Thanks to his on-ice skills and off-ice character, Crosby was a top prospect. When a work stoppage cancelled the entire 2004-2005 NHL season, a lottery was established to assign the first pick. The Pittsburgh Penguins won the Sidney Crosby Sweepstakes, and he made his debut for them on October 5th, 2005.

Mario Lemieux

Crosby briefly played alongside legend Mario Lemieux, who mentored him and allowed him to live with his family for the next five years.

Early NHL Presence

Crosby’s NHL presence was already solid when, midway through his first season, he was moved from the wing to center. He was also named assistant captain, despite criticism that at 18, he wasn’t experienced enough. His reputation for whining to officials, as well as the 100 penalty minutes he banked that season, also highlighted his youth.

Rivalry with Ovechkin

That year, the Pens posted a league-worst record. Washington Capital Alexander Ovechkin overshadowed Crosby’s accomplishments by nabbing the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year.

Rebuilding the Pens

After Crosby and Canada failed to medal at the 2006 World Championships, he and new teammates Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal began turning things around for the Penguins. Their decent 2006-2007 season ended with elimination in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Awards and Contract Extension

Crosby’s stellar year earned him the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award and the Art Ross Trophy. Within months of becoming the youngest ever NHL captain, Crosby signed a five-year, $43.5 million contract extension with Pittsburgh.

Gordie Howe Hat Trick

His next season was shortened by injury, but not before he showed off his aggressive side with a Gordie Howe hat trick. He rejoined the Pens before the playoffs, but the Detroit Red Wings eliminated them in the finals.

First Stanley Cup Win

2008-2009 was Pittsburgh’s year: Crosby finished third in scoring, and led his squad back to the finals. This time, they emerged victorious over Detroit in seven to give #87 his first Stanley Cup.

Olympic Gold Medal

When things couldn’t get better, Sid the Kid won gold for Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics by scoring an OT nail-biter against the United States. Back in the NHL, Crosby’s scoring and leadership earned him awards, but his team stalled in that year’s playoffs.


Crosby’s hockey future was jeopardized when he suffered a concussion during the Winter Classic on January 1st, 2011. After fighting symptoms for months, he was permanently back in the lineup in mid-March 2012. The Pens soon re-signed their franchise player to a 12-year, $104.4 million contract.


As a multiple record holder, successful spokesman and one of the greatest players to grace the ice, Sidney Crosby is one of the faces of the new NHL. Thanks to his instincts and eagerness to play in the corners, there is no doubt that Sid is “The Next One.”

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