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Is Sidney Crosby the Greatest Hockey Player of All Time?

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It is unlikely that when Troy and Tina-Forbes Crosby welcomed their newly born son, Sidney, on August 7, 1987, they had any notions about what an extraordinary child they had brought into the world. It did not take long for this driven young boy to begin practicing the sport that would eventually lead him to widespread fame. At the tender age of 2 years he was already performing hockey moves in the basement of his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia and rumor has it that he was already inflicting injury to his opponent. In this case it was the family dryer which sustained serious damage. A year later Crosby learned how to skate at which point there was no stopping him.

Because Crosby’s talent had him standing head and shoulders above others his age, his parents attempted to have him play alongside boys who were three and four years older but were not allowed to do so under league rules. It did not take long for his brilliance to shine, however, and when he won both the top scorer award and the MVP award at age 14 after taking his team to second place in the Air Canada Cup, the jealousy of other hockey players became problematic. He not only had to be on constant defense against intended injury from his opponents but also had to endure the threats and taunts leveled at him from their parents. It made for a miserable situation which resulted in Crosby leaving his homeland to play for The Shattuck-St. Mary’s Boarding School team in Faribault,Minnesota at the age of 15. He lead that team to a national championship in 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Certainly, there are other extremely talented and renowned hockey players but it is hard to argue with the achievements of Sidney Crosby. While still playing for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League he accumulated back to back Player of the Year awards and became one of the most sought after and respected draft picks the hockey world had ever seen. He gained the distinction of being the youngest player ever to garner a national scoring title. He had the honor of being one of only seven individuals in NHL history who received the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lester B. Pearson Trophy. Setting another record in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, he became the youngest team captain in history to lead his team to this coveted award. He went on to acquire many other awards and wide-spread recognition including scoring the winning goal in the 2010 Winter Olympics which led his homeland (Canada) to a gold medal.

One thing is for sure. An individual could not rack up these kind of statistics without being exceptionally gifted. He is a terrific, stand-out player. As to whether or not he is the best in the entire world of hockey, you decide.