Sid-sational Season for 87!
Sidney Crosby, who will not be 19 until 08/07/06, became the youngest player in league history to post 100 points in a season. A tremendous accomplishment for any player, but even more so for an 18 year old playing his first season against professionals. Sidney dealt with as much adversity as he is sure to see in his career. He watched as his owner, teammate, and mentor, Mario Lemieux was forced to retire due to Atrial Fibrillation. There was also a midseason coaching change, being made an assistant captain and dealing with criticism from players and coaches from around the league. There was even a rumor circulating that some criticism was coming from inside the Penguins locker room. Through it all he persevered and went on to one of the most impressive rookie seasons in history.
Sidney’s rookie season was unforgettable and it will only get better as he grows and matures as a hockey player. He already does things on the ice that peers 10 years his senior cannot. Sidney is a complete hockey player, one with great hands, great hockey sense, defensive responsibility, and a nice finishing touch. It will not be long before he is posting 45 goals to go along with his 100 assists. He handles the media like a PR director. He answers any question, doesn’t hide behind anything and takes responsibility for his actions. Most importantly he seems to always put the team first. This young man is a winner, and he makes the people around him winners. It will not be long before Sidney Crosby takes these young Penguins into the playoffs. Players like Sidney Crosby come along once in a lifetime, the hockey gods have smiled upon the Pittsburgh Penguins again. Get ready NHL hockey fans, love him or hate him, the best is yet to come!
Sidney Crosby’s Final Statistics
GP G A Pts +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG Shots
81 39 63 102 -1 110 16 0 5 278