It’s been just over fourteen years since the Penguins won the lottery, figuratively and literally.
It was 2005 and the NHL was just coming to an end of it’s 310 day lockout. On July 21, 2005, 87% of the NHLPA members voted to approve a new collective bargaining agreement, thus ending the NHL lockout. The very next day, the Penguins had a 6% chance of landing the #1 pick when the league held the 2005 NHL Entry Draft Lottery. One week later, the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted a young man by the name of Sidney Crosby and went from the laughing stock of the NHL to one of the league’s most successful teams with Crosby at the forefront of nearly all of the success. It was a monumental eight days for the Penguins, and the Sidney Crosby Show has been rolling ever since.
Here’s a quick rundown of the modest accomplishments of Crosby:
- 3x Stanley Cup winner
- 2x Conn Smyth Trophy winner
- 2x Hart Trophy winner
- 2x Art Ross Trophy winner
- 2x Rocket Richard Trophy winner
- 3x Ted Lindsay Award winner
- 2x Mark Messier Leadership Award winner
- 8x NHL All-Star
- 2019 All-Star Game MVP
- 8x ESPY NHL Player of the Year Award winner
- 2x Olympic Gold Medal winner
- Scored “Golden Goal” for Canada in 2010 Olympic Gold Medal Game
- 2015 World Championship Gold Medal winner
- 2006 World Championship Best Forward and leading scorer
- 2005 World Junior Gold Medal winner
- 2016 World Cup of Hockey Gold Medal winner
- 2016 World Cup of Hockey MVP and leading scorer
- Joined Bobby Orr and Wayne Gretzky as the only players to win the Conn Smyth, Hart Trophy and World Cup MVP
He’s also the youngest NHL player to do the following:
- Youngest NHL captain to win Stanley Cup
- Youngest player to lead playoffs in scoring
- Youngest captain in the NHL at time of anointment. Has since been surpassed by Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers
- Youngest player to record 100 points in a season
- Youngest player to record 200 career points
- Youngest Art Ross Trophy and Lester B. Pearson Award winner, now known as Ted Lindsay Award
- Youngest starting player in All-Star Game history
- Youngest First-Team All-Star
There’s simply not enough time or space to list all of his accomplishments, and that seems like a good stopping point. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some of #87’s finest moments in moving picture form and in no particular order, because there are too many to rank.
Welcome to the NHL, Sid:
First career point:
First career goal:
The day the rest of the NHL realized they were doomed:
Crosby’s 100th point:
Nice try, Philly:
The Islanders have had their fair share of abuse as well courtesy of #87:
Sidney Crosby: The only one who could ever stop Alex Ovechkin:
No one else could ever duplicate these:
And to sum it all up:
The most fascinating thing to me about putting this together is the amount of highlights that were left off. This just barely scratches the surface of what Crosby has accomplished.
Crosby has been called many things throughout his career, but the one thing that nobody can deny, is that Sidney Crosby is a pure winner.
Happy Birthday, Kiddo. From all of Pensburgh.