Not only has Sidney Crosby exceeded every expectation placed upon him, becoming one of the top-five greatest players of all-time while accomplishing everything imaginable on the ice throughout a career that has now reached its latest milestone, 1,000 NHL games - he has done it while being the consummate captain and ambassador for the sport of hockey.
"Sid is one of those really rare guys in sports who understands his place in the game," Bill Guerin said. "He just understands his responsibility to the game and his position in the game and that he is more than just a player. The way he handles his responsibility with fans, with media, with his teammates, with the staff - he gets it. And not every great player does, either."
With Sidney Crosby having played 1,000 NHL games, we asked current and former teammates, staff and media members to pick their most memorable one - along with their best story about the Penguins captain from over the years.
Thinking back to his first impressions of Pittsburgh after arriving here for the first time in the summer of 2005 and what he remembers from that day, Sidney Crosby couldn't help but smile.
"Well, the airport," Crosby said. "That's kind of the first memory I have. Just the amount of people that were there, just the excitement and just how welcomed I felt from the very first day I got here, right from that experience on. As far as what I felt that day, I've felt the entire time since I've been here."