Sidney Crosby was born on August 7th, 1987 in the city of Halifax, which is located in the province of Nova Scotia. This gives him a birthdate of August 7, 1987, which is the same number that appears on his jersey number (87), as well as the value of his signing contract, which is 8.7 million dollars each year.
Sidney was born and raised in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, in a family that adored the sport of hockey. Sidney’s younger sister also went on to become a hockey player. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League was one of the leagues in which his father competed as a goalkeeper.
Even though Sidney’s father was picked by the Montreal Canadiens in 1984, he was never able to make it to the National Hockey League level of play. When the Crosby family was younger, they were ardent followers of the Montreal Canadiens hockey team.
At the age of three, Sidney learned how to skate, and he didn’t waste any time getting started on honing his hockey talents. He practiced his shooting skills in the cellar of his house, where a hockey net had been set up in front of a clothes dryer.
This eventually contributed to the widespread misunderstanding that Crosby actually fired his practice pucks in the dryer. Academically speaking, he was a model student, receiving only A’s and being lauded by his vice-principal as a “wonderful role model” as time went on. Sidney moved to Minnesota when he was 15 years old in order to participate in the ice hockey program in that state.
After that, he joined the Rimouski Océanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and continued his education in New Brunswick while playing for the team.
As early as the age of seven, Sidney was already generating major talk as a player in the minor league. During this period, he made short work of his opponents by completely dominating the situation.
Because of his abnormal level of performance, many parents and players became hostile toward him during the season when he consistently scored more than 200 points.
In later statements, he claimed that other players and their parents had purposefully tried to damage him and that the parents had also verbally assaulted and threatened him. Because of this, he ultimately decided to move to Minnesota, where he spent some time completing his post-secondary education.
Career in the NHL
Crosby entered the 2005 NHL Draft after spending a number of productive years playing in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. That year, he was the most highly regarded prospect in the draft. After that, the Pittsburgh Penguins chose him with the first overall pick, and he made his NHL debut the next game against the New Jersey Devils. Crosby immediately became known as “Sid the Kid” as he showed his worth and earned the nickname.
After that, Crosby was awarded the title of NHL Rookie of the Year and was promoted to the position of alternate captain. In his second season, he won additional honors, which led to the Penguins extending his contract for an additional five years at a salary of $43.5 million. By the time the 2009 season rolled around, not only had he been named captain of the team, but he had also guided them to a Stanley Cup victory.
Between the years 2010 and 2012, Sid dealt with a lot of injury-related issues. Even after he had returned to the team, the Penguins had trouble recreating their previous success in the playoffs. Despite this, the Penguins eventually reached their potential and won the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons, in 2016 and 2017.
It was the most valuable brand endorsement deal that had ever been negotiated by an NHL player at the time it was struck. In 2015, Sidney inked a contract with Adidas that would last for a total of six years. Additional brand endorsement deals were inked with companies such as Gatorade, Bell, and Tim Hortons, among others.
Crosby is a first-line center who is noted for his speed and lower-body strength in the game of hockey. Because of his strength, he is able to efficiently protect the puck while it is in the corner. In addition to that, his backhand shot has garnered a lot of attention, and some people in the NHL have even said that it’s the best backhand shot in the league.
A Canadian professional ice hockey player with a net worth of $75 million.
In June of 2021, Sidney passed Jaromir Jagr to become the National Hockey League player with the most lifetime earnings in the history of the league. When he passed Jaromir Jagr in terms of career earnings, his total was $129 million, whereas Jagr’s was $127 million.
In addition to his pay with the National Hockey League, Crosby has a number of extremely prominent brand endorsement deals. This includes a contract with Reebok that paid him $1.4 million years and lasted between 5 and 7 years starting in 2010.