was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the youngest team captain in NHL history.
Crosby, 19, recently completed his second season with the Penguins, having led the team to 47 wins, 105 points and its first playoff berth since 2001. He won the Art Ross Trophy as NHL scoring champion and is a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player and the Lester B. Pearson Award as Most Outstanding Player.
He already has been named NHL Player of the Year by the Sporting News and the league’s Best Player and MVP by The Hockey News.
“Sidney has done so much for this franchise in his first two seasons, made so much history, that you have to keep reminding yourself that he is only 19 years old,” Penguins general manager Ray Shero said. “But Sid’s contributions extend far beyond statistics and his incredible achievements on the ice. It is obvious to all of us – coaches, players, management, staff – that he has grown into the acknowledged leader of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It is only appropriate that he wears the ‘C’ as team captain.”
Crosby is 19 years, nine months (297 days). Previously, the youngest captain in NHL history was Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who was named captain in March, 2000 at the age of 19 years, 10 months (324 days).
Six other players in league history were named captain at the age of 21 – Ryan Walter of Washington in 1979, Dale Hawerchuk of Winnipeg in 1984, Steve Yzerman of Detroit in 1986, Kirk Muller of New Jersey in 1987, Trevor Linden of Vancouver in 1991 and Eric Lindros of Philadelphia in 1994.
Crosby became the youngest scoring champion in NHL history this season by registering 36 goals and 84 assists for 120 points in 79 games.
The native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, was the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. As an 18-year-old rookie with the Penguins in 2005-06, he recorded 39 goals and 63 assists for 102 points in 81 games. He also played for Team Canada in the 2006 World Championships and became the youngest player ever to lead that tournament in scoring, collecting 16 points in nine games.
Crosby also has the distinction of being the youngest player in NHL history to record 100 points in a season and 200 points in a career.
The Penguins have not had a captain since Mario Lemieux announced his retirement in January, 2006.