Editor's note: Sidney Crosby withdrew from the All-Star Game on Jan. 22 due to a lower-body injury.
It would be hard to tell by simply going off Sidney Crosby
's NHL All-Star Game resume that the Pittsburgh Penguins
captain has been considered one of the best, if not the best player in the world, since his rookie season of 2005-06.
The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25 (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) was to be Crosby's second in his 10-year career. He played in the 2007 All-Star Game in Dallas but missed the past four in Atlanta (2008), Montreal (2009), Carolina (2011) and Ottawa (2012).
"It's not really crazy considering I missed on three chances because of the Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014) and four because of injury," Crosby said before a game last Friday against the New York Islanders. "One was a high-ankle sprain, two were concussions, and one was my knee."
Crosby then knocked on the wooden bench he was sitting on inside the visitors dressing room at Nassau Coliseum.
Crosby spoke about the upcoming 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend -- which features the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings on Jan. 23 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports), and the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Jan. 24 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) -- and some of his favorite memories of past All-Star Games: