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Happy birthday to the captain, the greatest of his time

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Happy Saturday, and wherever you are tip a glass (or maybe do a workout) to celebrate the 34th birthday of none other than Sidney Crosby.

Watching some of his top highlights from last season will work as well to help fight off the heat on a hot summer day.

Crosby earned yet another top-5 finish in Hart Trophy voting in 2020-21 for the ninth time in his illustrious career. Crosby was also a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Trophy (player’s vote on MVP) along with players a decade his junior in Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews.

With 3 Stanley Cups, 2 Conn Smythe’s, 2 Olympic golds, the sixth highest points/game in history (min 500 games, sry Connor) and a host of other awards and trophies, Crosby has moved well past all contemporaries and into the pantheon of the greats. Mario, Wayne, Gordie, Bobby, Sid. Put ‘em in whatever order you want, but that’s the top tier now.

Sid could move up to as high as third place next season (with 84 points) for total career points by a number one overall draft pick.

But will he get to Mario at #1? Crosby is now 398 points behind the big guy and if he has five or six more seasons left in him he probably could get there, assuming good health, no worldwide plagues or labor strife happens in the mean time.

No matter how it’s celebrated, a happy birthday to the Pens captain and we’ll wait to see what more creative and fun highlights he has in store still to come.