There aren't many things left to be said about Sidney Crosby, but as the Penguins captain nears closer to scoring his 500th career goal, head coach Mike Sullivan found a way to elaborate on Crosby.
Crosby, now three goals away from scoring his 500th goal, was called a ‘pioneer of the game’ on Wednesday by Sullivan, saying that each have that same status in their respective generations.
Mike Sullivan on Sidney Crosby being held in a similar regard to Mario Lemieux here in Pittsburgh:— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) January 26, 2022
"That could be the highest compliment for a player, and it’s deserving for a player like Sid. Both Mario and Sid are pioneers of the game in their respective generations."
Sullivan added that each represent the Penguins and the game of hockey with class and dignity, saying that those things are what separate them from others.
“They carry themselves in such a way that they make people (around) them feel comfortable.”
Sullivan said Lemieux and Crosby epitomize everything that's right about the sport of hockey.— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) January 26, 2022
"The thing that jumps out to me with respect to both of those guys is their humility. They carry themselves in such a way that they make people them feel comfortable."
Crosby currently sits with 497 goals, growing closer to scoring his 500th of his career.
Currently, Crosby ranks 3rd-all time among active players behind Patrick Marleau (566 goals) and Alexander Ovechkin (759 goals).
He ranks 47th all-time in NHL history.
Time will tell if Crosby will cross the 500-goal mark in front of the home fans in Pittsburgh.