The Lou Marsh Legacy - Honouring Canada's Top Athletes

Sidney Crosby

Hockey

2007


Hockey star Sidney Crosby hoisting the President’s Cup trophy

Hockey star Sidney Crosby hoisting the President’s Cup trophy

Date
May 17, 2005
Collection
Mike Dembeck, Hockey Hall of Fame

A New Ice Age

It didn’t take very long for Sidney Crosby to demonstrate that his hockey DNA would flourish in the big leagues. The talented forward arrived in Pittsburgh amid high expectations and intense media scrutiny as the clear-cut No. 1 overall NHL draft pick in 2005. His résumé was spectacular and his work ethic, legendary.

The versatile forward scored a whopping 159 goals over 55 games in third year novice hockey. During his Midget AAA season, he scored 193 points in the regular season and won the National Championship Tournament MVP and Top Scoring titles. He was the first overall pick in the midget draft by the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In a long list of firsts, he was the first QMJHL player to earn Player of the Year, Top Rookie, and Top Scorer honours simultaneously. Crosby was also a major force in helping Canada to gold at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Now, however, he was facing bigger, faster, and stronger opponents. The well-spoken Crosby handled the endless media interest with remarkable patience and humility. Mind you, Sidney Crosby would rather do his talking on the ice. And so he has…

Fast forward to the 2006-2007 season. The Pittsburgh Penguins centre took the NHL by storm in only his second campaign. He captured the scoring title with 120 points, and the Art Ross Trophy that goes with that distinction, the Hart Trophy for league MVP as well as the Lester B. Pearson Award for top player voted on by playing peers. He is just the seventh player in league history to earn the Ross-Hart-Pearson hat-trick, the three highest individual awards for a forward.

The Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native followed up on his impressive rookie year by becoming the league’s youngest player to post back-to-back 100 point seasons and by helping the Penguins to their first playoffs since 2001. He is also the youngest player to win the NHL scoring title, reach 200 career points, receive the Pearson award, and start an NHL All-Star game. He elevated not just his own game, but that of his teammates. Just 68 days shy of his 20th birthday, Sydney Crosby was named team captain, the youngest in NHL history.

Perhaps his crowning achievement was deflecting the immense pressure the hockey world dumped on his young shoulders while setting out to prove that he truly belonged!

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Highlights

2003
Drafted 1st overall by Rimouski Oceanic (Quebec) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Draft
2004,2005
Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year
2004,2005
Michel Bergeron Trophy – QMJHL Offensive Rookie of the Year
2004,2005
Michael Briere Trophy – QMJHL Most Valuable Player
2004,2005
Paul Dumont Trophy – QMJHL Personality of the Year
2004,2005
Jean Beliveau Trophy – QMJHL League Leading Scorer
2005
World Junior Hockey Championship – Gold Medal
2005
Guy Lafleur Trophy – QMJHL Playoff Most Valuable Player
2005
Mike Bossy Trophy – QMJHL Best Professional Prospect
2005
Drafted 1st overall by Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL Draft
2007
Art Ross Trophy – NHL Player with the highest Regular Season Points
2007
Lester B. Pearson Award – Outstanding NHL Player of the Year
2007
Hart Memorial Trophy – Most Valuable Player in the NHL
2007
Lou Marsh Memorial Award