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Crazy stats prove Crosby is the NHL’s best

It’s not often we get to use the term “living legend”.

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How’s this sound for an NHL career? Two Stanley Cups, two Conn Smythe Trophies, one World Cup, one World Cup MVP and one Rocket Richard Trophy. Well, for Sidney Crosby that’s just his list of accomplishments from the past 12 months.

It seems bizarre to think back on the time early in the 2016-17 season when  fans and analysts were speculating on Crosby’s demise. After suffering another concussion, the Pittsburgh Penguins superstar had a slow start to the season, before catching fire and silencing his critics. His list of career accomplishments, quite frankly, is staggering: 

  • 3 Stanley Cups
  • 3 Ted Lindsay Awards
  • 2 Art Ross Trophies
  • 2 Rocket Richard Trophies
  • 2 Conn Smythe Trophies
  • 2 Mark Messier Leadership Awards
  • 2 Olympic gold medals
  • 1 World Cup gold medal

Keep in mind that Crosby isn’t even 30 years-old yet. Whatever your thoughts are on Crosby and the Penguins, there’s no doubt that we, as fans, have had the privilege of watching true greatness unfold in front of us in real time. While the NHL’s next generation, with names like McDavid and Matthews, looks poised to take on the mantle of the “NHL’s best player”, don’t count on Crosby to bow out of the discussion anytime soon.