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Saluting Crosby at 25: Facts and figures

by Darryl Haberman

It's hard to believe, but Sidney Crosby turns 25 today.

Crosby was the first player picked in the 2005 NHL Draft -- the Pittsburgh Penguins won the right to draft him after a lottery that left the Anaheim Ducks a disappointed second.

In the seven seasons since he was chosen, Crosby has been everything the Penguins could have wanted, and then some. He has led the League in goals and points, won a Hart Trophy as regular-season MVP, and led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup.

In honor of his 25th birthday, here are 25 facts and figures about the most famous NHL player (though not the only one) born on Aug. 7, 1987 (the other is Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer):

Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby
Center - PIT
GOALS: 223 | ASST: 386 | PTS: 609
SOG: 1,473 | +/-: 80 | PIM: 401

1. One of Sid's nicknames is "Darryl" (after former Toronto star Darryl Sittler, who holds the NHL record with 10 points in one game). Crosby got that one after scoring eight points in his first exhibition game in junior.

2. In his first NHL season, Crosby finished sixth in the scoring race with 102 points (39 goals and 63 assists).

3. Despite finishing with more than 100 points, Crosby didn't win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie -- he was runner-up to Alex Ovechkin, who had 52 goals and 106 points for the Washington Capitals.

4. Crosby was named Penguins captain prior to the start of 2007-08 season. He was 20 years old the first time he wore the "C."

5. He led the Penguins to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1992 in his first season as captain.

6. Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to the Cup when the Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in 2009. He was 21.

7. Crosby lights the lamp more than every other game -- he has 223 goals in 434 regular-season games.

8. At the 2006 World Championships, Crosby played for Canada and had 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in nine games. At age 18, he was the youngest player to win a scoring title in tournament history.

9. Crosby lived with Mario Lemieux's family from 2005 until 2010 before purchasing his own house, not far from Super Mario's.

10. Crosby scored his 200th NHL goal on Nov. 27, 2010 vs. the Calgary Flames.

11. Sid had a 25-game point streak during the '10-11 season. During the streak he had 27 goals (including three hat tricks) and 24 assists for 51 points.

12. Crosby's 25-game streak was the longest in the NHL since Toronto's Mats Sundin had points in 30 consecutive games in 1993.

13. Crosby shares the all-time record for game-deciding goals in shootouts with Phil Kessel; both have 13.

14. In shootouts, Crosby has scored 21 times on 52 attempts, a 40.4 percent success rate. His best season was 2009-10, when he scored eight times on 10 tries.

15. He's pretty good during regular action as well: Crosby has an NHL career shooting percentage of 15.1. His best season came in 2010-11, when he had 32 goals on 161 shots, a 19.9 percent success rate.

16. Crosby has fired 1,473 pucks on net in his 434 regular-season games, an average of 3.39 per game.

17. Crosby has been a "plus" player in each of his six seasons since 2005-06, his rookie season, when he was minus-1.

18. The most power-play goals Crosby has scored in one NHL season is 16, which he accomplished his rookie season. He's reached double figures three times since then.

19. In 68 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Crosby has a plus-19 rating -- as well as 90 points.

20. Crosby has scored three shorthanded goals in his career -- two in 2009-10 and one the following season.

21. In each of the five postseasons Crosby has appeared in, he has been at least a point-per-game performer.

22. In 2005-06, Crosby's rookie season, he became the only first-year player in NHL history to have more than 100 points and 100 PIMs (102 points, 110 PIMs)

23. During the 2011-12 season, Sid became the seventh-fastest player to reach 600 career points -- he got point No. 600 in his 430th game, March 30 against the Buffalo Sabres.

24. Crosby played 22 games in 2011-12 and scored three points or more in six of them -- that's one three-point effort every 3.67 games.

25. On June 28, the Penguins announced that Crosby had agreed to a 12-year extension that will keep Sid in Pittsburgh until 2025.'s "Inside the Numbers" columnist John Kreiser also contributed to this story.


Follow Darryl Haberman on Twitter: @NHLHabes / Follow John Kreiser on Twitter: @jkreiser7nhl

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