Sidney Crosby was born August 7, 1987 in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. The first round, first overall selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crosby is a graduate of QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic.
A highly touted and immensely talented forward, Crosby played two seasons with Rimouski registering 303 points (120-183-303) and was the recipient of numerous individual honours including; two-time CHL Player of the Year (2004-2005) and CHL Rookie of the Year (2004) honours amongst others. A two-time member of Canada's World Junior team (2004-2005) capturing silver in 2004 and gold in 2005, Crosby led Rimouski to the QMJHL title in 2005 and a berth in the Memorial Cup final, only to fall short against an impressive London Knights squad.
In 2005-06, the Cole Harbour native made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh and became the youngest player to register 100 points in the NHL. Following an impressive rookie season, Crosby went on to represent his homeland at the 2006 World Championship, leading his team and the tournament in scoring while earning Top Forward honours.
The following season Crosby concluded as the first teenager in major pro sports history to win a scoring title. In only his second season in the NHL, Crosby recorded 36 goals and 84 assists for 120 points and won his first Art Ross Trophy. Crosby took the lead in the league scoring race with a career-high six-point night Dec. 13 and stayed on top until the end of the regular season. In addition to winning the Art Ross trophy, Crosby was named the Hart Memorial trophy winner that season as the league's MVP. At 19 years of age, Crosby became the youngest to win the Hart trophy since Wayne Gretzky captured the award in 1980. His remarkable award-winning season also included the Pearson Award, and First Team All-Star honours.
Prior to the start of the 2007-08 regular season, Crosby was named Captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his first season as Captain of the club, Crosby battled through a high ankle sprain that sidelined the young star for 29 games during the regular season. After managing to record 72 points in just 53 games, he guided the Penguins through three grueling rounds playoff hockey en route to a Stanley Cup Final showdown with the Detroit Red Wings. Despite Crosby's suburb playmaking ability and the Penguins highly skilled crop of youth, the club was downed by an experienced Detroit Red Wing squad led by Nicklas Lidstrom.
In 2008-09 Crosby and his Penguins would avenge their loss in the finals of the previous season by beating the Red Wings in a 7 game series that went right down to the wire. Battling back from a 2 games to none deficit, Crosby became the youngest captain ever of a Stanley Cup winner.
At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver another chapter to Sidney Crosby's amazing life story was written. Only months removed from hoisting the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh, Crosby and his Canadian teammates would capture Olympic gold on home soil, with Crosby scoring the winning goal in overtime.
On the final day of the 2009-10 season, Crosby would reach and surpass the 50-goal mark for the first time in his career. His two goals against the New York Islanders, his 50th and 51st of the season, tied him with Steven Stamkos, with whom he would share the Rocket Richard Trophy.
Injuries would plague Crosby for much of the following two seasons. In 2010-11 he was limited to just 41 games, but his offensive production was still prolific. Though he played just half the season, Crosby would reach the 30 goal mark for the fifth time in his career. The 2011-12 season would be much of the same for Crosby. He would suit up in just 22 games for the Penguins recording an impressive 37 points.
Crosby would appear in 36 games for the Penguins during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. Though he missed 12 games, he was still among the league scoring leaders and his 41 assists were second only to Martin St. Louis of Tampa Bay.
In 2014 Crosby was called upon to represent his country once again at the Olympic Winter Games. This time held in Sochi, Russia, the result was more of the same for Crosby and Canada. They went undefeated during tournament play en route to capturing the country's second consecutive gold medal. Like he did in 2010, Crosby would once again score in the gold medal game. This time he beat Swedish goaltender Henrique Lundqvist on breakaway to give Canada a 2-0 lead.
Back home at the NHL level, Crosby, finally healthy, led all scorers with 104 points during the 2013-14 regular seasons and his 68 assists were also a league best. For his efforts he was awarded the Art Ross and Hart Trophies as well as the Ted Lindsay Award.
Crosby appeared for Canada once again when he captained the 2015 Canadian squad to a Gold Medal performance at the 2015 World Championship. The win made Crosby a member of the Triple Gold Club.
During the 2015–16 season, Crosby would once again lead the Penguins to the Stanley Cup championship. To do so, Pittsburgh would defeat the San Jose Sharks in six games in the Stanley Cup Final, with Crosby earning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player during the playoffs.
Crosby would once again serve as captain of Team Canada in 2016. This time at the World Cup of Hockey where he again led his country to the championship and was elected tournament MVP by a unanimous vote.
On February 17, 2017, Crosby became the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 point mark. Doing so in just 757 games, Crosby was the twelfth fastest player to accomplish the feat.