Monday, January 10, 2011
Male on Monday - Sid the Kid
It was almost a year ago that the world watched with held breath as the men's hockey teams battled it out for Gold in the Vancouver Olympics. In our time zone, it meant staying up until the early morning hours to watch every Canadian game and bags under the eyes the day after. Line assignments were debated, hands wrung, fists pumped...it was craziness in the best possible way that ended perfectly - with Sidney Crosby scoring the gold medal goal in overtime.
Sidney Crosby was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1987 to Troy Crosby and Trina Forbes-Crosby though he grew up in nearby Cole Harbour. Crosby lived with the Lemieux family in Sewickley, Pennsylvania from 2005 until 2010. In the spring of 2010, Crosby purchased his own home in the same area. In the summer of 2006 he bought his first house in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Growing up, Sidney admired Steve Yzerman and, like his father, was a fan of the Montreal Canadiens. Crosby's number (87) and 2007 contract signing ($8.7 million per year) reflect his birthdate (8/7/87).
From age twelve to fifteen, Crosby attended Astral Drive Junior High School. He was a straight-A student and, according to the vice-principal, "an amazing role model who was really kind to students in the learning centre and to special needs kids." When he was fifteen, Crosby transferred to Shattuck-Saint Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. Crosby then graduated from Harrison Trimble High School, in Moncton, New Brunswick in 2005.
The Pittsburgh Penguins drafted Sidney Crosby as their first overall pick on July 30th, 2005. Crosby entered the NHL as an eighteen year old and was put under the tutelage of the great Mario Lemieux. Even though Mario had to retire a few months into the season due to some health concerns, Crosby clearly took over the team as their best player on the ice. He finished his rookie season with 39 goals and 63 assits for 102 points and second in the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) voting to Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
May 31, 2007 - The Pittsburgh Penguins made Sidney the youngest team captain in NHL history (19 years and 297 days old). The previous mark was held by Tampa Bay's Vincent Lecavalier (19 years, 324 days).
And then of course there's that game-winning Gold Medal goal in the 2010 Olympics - believe me all of Halifax was screaming when the puck went over the line! Just looking for pics made me want to dig out the dvd's (yes, we actually bought them!)!
“I don't think there's ever a time where I step back and say I wish I was something different. I'm doing what I love to do.”
Donna's latest book is Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle, out now in Australia and New Zealand, and available via www.eharlequin.com until next month when it hits stores. You can read an excerpt from it in any Harlequin series book this month!