The place was Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Day was Friday, August 7, 1987. On this day, a man, Troy, and a woman, Trina, rejoiced in the birth of their first born child, a son. A son that would soon choose to live, eat, and breathe hockey. A child, unknown at the time, who would soon take the National Hockey League by storm. A child who would become the greatest, talented player of all the hockey world, and who would remarkably achieve this goal by the age of nineteen.
This is Sidney Patrick Crosby and this is his story. It all started when Sidney’s father, Troy, who played major junior hockey as a goalie, gave him a little hockey stick at the age of two! Sidney played around with the stick and practiced daily in the basement of their house. Although he was just two years old he already started to love playing with the little stick, a tennis ball, and the family dryer. A year later when Sidney Crosby was just three years old he put on his first pair of skates and took to the ice. He than began playing for a hockey club and was the only child at age three who already had learned the “basics of stick handling.” Sidney immediately became recognized for his exceptional skills.
By age seven he was already known to local sports press for his hockey talent. At age ten he scored an incredible 159 goals in 55 games playing hockey in his hometown of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. He had a season point total of 280 points (Sidney-Crosby.info).
Sidney was so good at playing hockey he excelled against players up to three years older than him. By age fourteen it was clear Sidney was well on his way to a great professional hockey career.
Sidney and his family wanted him to play major junior hockey in his hometown but because of his young age the choice was made to play at a high school in the United States. Shattuck- Saint Mary’s Prep School in Minnesota became Sidney Crosby’s new home. Sidney set new scoring records by getting 72 goals and 110 assists for a total of 182 points in just 57 games. He also led his team to a national title (sidneycrosbyfans).
On June 7, 2003 Sidney was drafted first overall in the major junior hockey league, QMJHL, by the Rimouski Oceanic. He quickly went on to win the QMJHL scoring title. He was also the only player under the age of eighteen to play in the Canadian Junior Hockey tournament and the youngest to ever score a goal in the championship. By the 2004-2005 season, Sidney was considered the best hockey prospect in the world (Sidneycrosby.info).
The chance to play in the National Hockey League was always Sidney’s dream and that dream would soon become a reality. On July 20, 2005 the NHL held its first ever league wide draft lottery. The Pittsburgh Penguins were the winners of that lottery and drafted Sidney Crosby as their first overall pick. Crosby entered the National Hockey League as an eighteen year old and was soon put under the wings of the great Mario Lemieux. Crosby had the opportunity to play along side the man he watched and admired while growing up (Taking the Game By Storm).
Sidney Crosby made his National Hockey League debut wearing a number 87 jersey. He chose this number to reflect his birthday- month (8), day (7), year (87). Sidney played his first NHL game on October 5, 2005 against the New Jersey Devils where he registered an assist on a goal by Mark Recchi. His first career NHL goal came on October 8, 2005 at a game against the Carolina Hurricanes where he also scored two assists. Sidney’s first two goal game came against the New York Islanders in a 5-1 win on November 4. Sidney made it a three point night by adding an assist. This performance came just after receiving recognition as the October Rookie of the Month. November was a very exciting month for Sidney Crosby. On November 10, he scored a shootout winning goal on home ice, against his favorite team growing up, the Montreal Canadians. This eighteen year old sensation scored the deciding shootout goal...