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Crosby, Sidney Patrick

Crosby, Sidney Patrick, 1987–, Canadian ice hockey player, b. Cole Harbour, N.S. The first draft pick in 2005, Crosby, scored 120 points in his second season with the Pittsburgh Penguins as a center, becoming the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy for scoring; he also was the NHL's most valuable player that year. His impressive skating, playmaking, passing, and backhand, as well as his excellent peripheral vision, have since made him one of hockey's greats. In 2007–8 Crosby led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they lost to Detroit, but the following season they beat Detroit to win the Stanley Cup. The next season he scored a league-leading and career-high 51 goals. Plagued by concussions during 2010–13, he won the 2013–14 scoring title with 104 points and again was MVP. He led the Penguins to a second Stanley Cup in 2016 and was playoff MVP. Crosby also has won Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014), a world championship (2015), and the World Cup (2016) with Canada, and was named World Cup MVP (2016).

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