With the race for the Stanley Cup raging, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to further their 2-0 series lead over the San José Sharks. One player for the Penguins is Sidney Crosby.
At merely 28 years old, Crosby has put together a hockey résumé deserving of the praise he so often receives. With just 11 NHL seasons under his belt, Crosby has managed to put together an astounding 938 regular season points (a combination of a player's assists and goals, respectively.) Crosby, known affectionately as ‘Sid the Kid”, has meant the world to the city of Pittsburgh having spent his entire NHL career with the squad, and continues to be the face of the prestigious organization.
Throughout Crosby’s career, comparisons to “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky have constantly surfaced. Often, many cite the impact Gretzky had on the game of hockey, and the length of Gretzky’s career is what separates the two. Crosby has demonstrated his prowess with international competition including a performance as Captain for the 2015 World Championship winning for Canada, as well as being named Captain for the Gold medal Canadian team of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Beyond this, Crosby has also demonstrated an excellence in the post-season (17 points in this year’s playoffs alone), and through these performances, Crosby solidifies his own continued impact on the game of hockey.
Although the scale of Gretzky’s impact, due to his longevity, outweighs that of Crosby thus far, it seems Crosby is well on the path to being our generation's “Great One”. These upcoming games against the Sharks hold a huge piece to this puzzle for Crosby and might allow him to solidify his mark by bringing home the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh. This victory would mark the second time the Penguins have achieved this with Crosby being the youngest Stanley Cup winning Captain in NHL history after their 2008 victory.