Sidney Patrick Crosby ONS (born August 7, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center and the National Hockey League’s Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) captain. He was taken first overall by the Penguins in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, nicknamed “Sid the Kid” and labeled “The Next One.” Crosby is primarily recognized as one of the all-time great ice hockey players.
During his two-year major junior career with the Rimouski Océanic, he won numerous honors and helped his team reached the Memorial Cup final in 2005. Crosby’s jersey number 87 was retired by Océanic and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2019.
Crosby made his NHL debut in 2005-06, scoring 102 points and finishing runner-up for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year. He is the youngest player in NHL history to reach 100 points in a season at 18 years and 253 days.
By his second season, he had led the NHL in scoring with 120 points, earning the Art Ross Trophy and becoming the youngest player and the only teenager to do so in any major North American sports league.
Crosby won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player (MVP) and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the league’s most outstanding player as evaluated by his peers the same season.
He was named team captain for the 2007-08 season and led them to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, where they were defeated in six games by the Detroit Red Wings. The Penguins returned to the Stanley Cup Finals the following year, defeating Detroit in seven games; Crosby became the NHL’s youngest captain to win the Stanley Cup.
Early Years of Sidney Crosby
At PPG Paints Arena, a facsimile of Crosby’s childhood dryer was used as a shooting target practice. Crosby was born on August 7, 1987, at the Grace Maternity Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Troy and Trina (née Forbes) Crosby. Crosby’s jersey number (87) and contract ($8.7 million per year) are both based on his birthdate (8/7/87).
Crosby was born in Cole Harbour and had a younger sister named Taylor. Troy, his father, was a goaltender for the Verdun Junior Canadiens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He also competed in the Memorial Cup in 1985 and was drafted 240th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, but he never played in the NHL.
Crosby admired Steve Yzerman as a child and, like his father, was a Canadiens fan. Crosby began playing hockey in his basement at two, shooting pucks into a net with the family dryer behind it, leading to the long-held misunderstanding that he was practicing with the dryer; he learned to skate at the age of three.
Crosby attended Astral Drive Junior High School from 12 to 15. He was a straight-A student and “an incredible role model, who was particularly kind to youngsters in the learning center and special needs kids,” according to the vice-principal.
Crosby transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary’s in Faribault, Minnesota, at age 15 to play for the school’s hockey team. Crosby attended Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton, New Brunswick while playing with the Rimouski Océanic of the QMJHL.
How Much Does Sidney Crosby Have in the Bank?
Sidney Crosby is a Canadian professional hockey player whose net worth is $75 million, as stated by Celebrity Net Worth. Most people agree that Crosby is among the best hockey players the NHL has ever seen. He is the NHL player who has ever made the most money. He got that title in June 2021, when his career earnings of $129 million were more than Jaromir Jagr’s earnings of $127 million.
Playing Style of Sidney Crosby
Crosby is a first-line center known for his speed and strength in his lower body. With his power, he can protect the puck well in the corner. His backhand shot has also been praised; some people have said it is the best in the NHL.
After a few good years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Crosby entered the 2005 NHL Draft. That year, he was the best prospect. Then, the Pittsburgh Penguins picked him with the first pick, and he played his first game against the New Jersey Devils.
Crosby quickly became known as “Sid, the Kid” after he proved his worth. In his second season, he won more awards, and then he signed a new contract with the Penguins for five years and $43.5 million. By 2009, he was the team captain and had led the team to a Stanley Cup victory. Crosby was then made an alternate captain, and by the end of the season, he had won the NHL Rookie of the Year award.
Sid had a lot of problems with injuries from 2010 to 2012. Even after he returned, the Penguins had trouble returning to where they used to be in the playoffs. But the Penguins got better over time, and in 2016 and 2017, they won back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Career Earnings of Sidney Crosby
In June 2021, Sidney passed Jaromir Jagr to become the NHL player who had made the most money throughout his career. When he passed Jagr, he had made $129 million in his career, while Jagr had made $127 million.
Crosby has made money on top of his NHL salary through endorsement deals with well-known brands. This includes a deal he made with Reebok in 2010 for 5–7 years and $1.4 million per year.
In 2015, Sidney signed an agreement with Adidas for six years. At the time, it was the most lucrative deal an NHL player had ever made to promote a brand. Brands like Bell, Tim Hortons, and Gatorade were also added to the list of companies with deals.