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Is Sidney Crosby the Greatest Hockey Player of All Time?

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Troy and Tina-Forbes Crosby had no idea that their son Sidney, who was born on August 7, 1987, was destined to become famous. This young boy was so driven that at a very young age he started practicing the sport that would make him world renowned. At 2 years old, he was already showing his hockey moves in the basement of his Halifax, Nova Scotia home. There were rumors that he was injuring his opponents. The family dryer sustained the most damage. One year later, Crosby learned to skate and there was just no stopping him.

Crosby’s talent has made him way too advanced for children his same age that his parents thought of having him play with boys 3 or 4 years older than him. Under league rules, these were not allowed. It did not take long for him to stand out. He won both the MVP and top scorer award at 14 years old and took his team to win the Air Canada Cup in second place. He became problematic with the jealousy of the other hockey players. He constantly had to defend himself from getting injured by his opponents and he also endured threats from their parents. This miserable situation made him leave his homeland and play for Faribault, Minnesota when he was 15 years old. He led The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boarding School team to win the 2003 national championship and the rest is history.

Of course there are other talented and famous hockey players, but it is hard to keep at par with Sidney Crosby’s achievements. He won back to back the Player of the Year awards while playing for Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is currently one of the most wanted and respected hockey draft picks the world has ever had. He is known to be the youngest player to gain a national scoring title. He was honored being just one out of 7 players in NHL history who received the Hart Memorial Trophy, Art Ross Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson trophy. In 2008, he made another record being the youngest team captain to lead his team to win the Stanley Cup Finals. He continued to gather many more awards and world-wide recognition that includes winning the goal in the 2010 Winter Olympics. This made Canada, his homeland, to win the gold medal.

One thing that is for sure, an athlete like that cannot accumulate so many winning achievements unless he is exceptionally gifted with skills and talents. He is an excellent player that stands-out among the others. It looks like he was born with all these gifts and he was destined to achieve excellence.