Originally written on RumorMeThat  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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A young Sidney Crosby as a goalie.

On August 7th, 1987, Tina and Troy welcomed Sidney Crosby into the world at a hospital in Halifax Nova Scotia. Even though he was born in Halifax, Sidney spent the majority of his childhood years in Cole Harbor.

At age 3, the youngster received his first pair of hockey skates, which was an enormous deal for Crosby. Prior to that, he had been showing signs of interest in the game from the time he was able to stand up, taking a makeshift stick and shooting pucks around in his laundry room.

Crosby showed much promise from the time he first started to competitively play, which drew the attention of many different news teams. Soon Sidney became a national sensation at the young age of 7. Even through all the good fortune. Sidney’s hockey career was a bit of a financial burden on the Crosby family, forcing his mother to take two jobs just to keep up.

By the time he was a teenager (14) he was already competing with kids 17 and up, but never seemed to struggle, scoring 44 goals in his 31 games on his Triple-A midget team. After his phenomenal year, Sidney hoped he would be able join the QMJHL (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League), at only 15, however, the league’s age restriction kept Sidney out.

Crosby then decided to enroll in Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Fairbault, Minnesota, which happens to be one of the highest ranked hockey schools in the nation, a perfect place for Sidney to grow. In just 57 games, Sid was able to rack up an astonishing 72 goals.

Soon his successes caught the attention of Canada’s World Juniors, who later asked Crosby to join their 2003 team, making him one of only four others who played for the team at that young age. Remarkably, Sidney set another record while at the competition, becoming the youngest player to ever score for the team.

After his Juniors debut, he spent his 2003-2004 season playing for the Rimouski Oceanic team, and tallied 54 goals and 81 assists in only 59 games. His phenomenal season lead him to win the MVP award, scoring title for the league, and 4 other awards as well.

Sidney played one more season with the QMJHL, from 2004-2005, and preformed even better than in the previous season, earning him the MVP title for the second year in a row.

In the 2005 NHL Draft, after winning the lottery, the Pittsburgh Penguins snatched Crosby for a 3 year $10 million contract, knowing that they had just made a decision that would forever better their franchise.

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