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Sidney Crosby
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Sidney Crosby  #87

NUMBER: 87 BIRTHDATE: August 7, 1987  (AGE 27)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Cole Harbour, NS, Canada
WEIGHT: 200 DRAFTED: PIT / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (1st overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> In just his second career NHL playoff year (2008), he led all players in assists (21) and tied for the League lead in points (6-21--27) with Conn Smythe Trophy winner Henrik Zetterberg of Detroit. The Penguins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 1992. <br /> <br /> Crosby was in contention for a second consecutive Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring leader in 2007-08 until he was sidelined with an ankle injury Jan. 18. He had 63 points (20-43--63) which was tied for the NHL lead at the time of his injury. His 43 assists also ranked first in the League at that time. The injury sidelined him for 28 of 31 games from Jan. 19 to Mar. 25. Crosby still ranked second on the Penguins in scoring with 72 points (24 goals, 48 assists) in 53 games. He recorded at least one point in 43 of 53 games, posted 24 multi-point games and recorded an NHL-best 19-game point streak from Oct. 6 -- Nov. 17 (11-19&ndash;30). His scoring average of 1.36 points per game was just behind League leader Alex Ovechkin of Washington (1.37). <br /> <br /> The Cole Harbour, N.S. native finished the 2006-07 regular season as the first teenager in major pro team sports history to win a scoring title. Crosby tallied 36 goals and 84 assists for 120 points, six ahead of San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, the 2005-06 Art Ross Trophy winner. Crosby led the Penguins to 47 wins, 105 points and their first playoff berth since 2001. In addition to winning the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion, he captured the Hart Trophy as League MVP and NHL First-Team All-Star honors at center. <br /> <br /> Crosby is the youngest player in NHL history to record 100 and 200 career points. He was named captain of the Penguins on May 31, 2007, becoming the youngest team captain in NHL history. <br /> <br /> With 344 points through 250 games (through Dec. 30), Crosby has the sixth-highest total in NHL history after 250 games. Wayne Gretzky (537), Mario Lemieux (423), Peter Stastny (403), Eric Lindros (360) and Mike Bossy (345) rank one through five. <br /> <br /> At 19 years and five months old in 2007, became the 11th youngest player in NHL history to participate in an All-Star Game. <br /> <br /> He garnered 875,783 votes in All-Star fan balloting in 2007 to become the youngest elected starter. He played on a line with Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers veteran Brendan Shanahan. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On being a Canadiens fan as a kid: &quot;I think my dad was a big factor. You grow up surrounded by a big Habs fan. At the same time, being out east, you look at the teams people really cheered for, it was either Montreal, Toronto or Boston. And I grew up hating Toronto and Boston. That's just the way it was. If you're a Montreal fan, that's the way it worked. And I think that's more my dad's influence. I guess you could say he brainwashed me. But it was fun. I think the historical part of their team, being such a winning team. In 1993 they won the Cup. I think I was six years old. So that didn't hurt either. It was a team I always cheered for. I had the jacket and jersey and everything.&quot; <br /> <br /> On seeing the Cole Harbour sign also say, 'Home of Sidney Crosby': &quot;It's still a little weird, to be honest with you. That's not why you play the game -- you don't play to be recognized like that. But once you see the influence you've had on your community it just makes you realize how important it is to be a good role model and just the fact kids have someone to look up to. I take that pretty serious.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his leadership style: &quot;There's no doubt, if you're not doing your job out on the ice, it's pretty hard to get guys to follow you. So first and foremost that's what you have to do. I wouldn't say I'm quiet. But I wouldn't say I'm the 'rah rah' guy with the pompoms either. I'm making sure that sometimes when something needs to be said I say it. You don't want to be a broken record either and be on guys all the time because that's not going to work either. But there are times when you need leadership. And it's up to your guys you depend on to do that. Sometimes I feel it's my responsibility to say something. <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Red Wings' defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom: &quot;He's a really strong skater and he'd good at protecting the puck. And he can draw two players to him and use that to find openings for his teammates.&quot; <br /> <br /> Tampa Bay Lightning forward and former teammate Gary Roberts: &quot;He comes every day and is prepared to push his teammates. It's pretty easy to follow when your best player is your hardest worker.&quot; <br /> <br /> Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney: &quot;He wants us to be prepared and he wants us to be focused. On the ice, he's always going 100 percent every game. He always shows up. He doesn't take any practice lightly. He looks to improve every day. That's something you can take from him and want to work on yourself ... he's got 100 interviews every day and he does a great job staying one of the guys and staying focused and being a good captain.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=395495&amp;cmpid=rss">50 goals and Sid? You never know</a><br /> <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/kostya_kennedy/12/04/sidney.crosby/index.html?eref=T1">Sid the Kid putting on a show</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=21589">Is this the Year campaign</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=22596">My First goal</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=22793">Crosby vs. Ovechkin</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=17738">Preview: On the Ice and Beyond</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);" id="asstatsbox"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-4</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">3</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">-4</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">3</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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