The Return Of Sid The Kid - Sidney Crosby Makes A Career Defining Comeback
Despite missing most of the past 2 seasons, Sid The Kid is still considered to be the best player in the league, and hockey's biggest star. At the age of just 24, he has already put together an impressive collection of trophies and remarkable achievements. Crosby is the youngest player to win a scoring title in any major North American sport, winning the Art Ross Trophy as a teenager. Just two years later, he became the youngest player to captain a championship team, when The Penguins won The Stanley Cup in 2008. At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Crosby scored the game winning goal in overtime in the gold medal game against The United States. The list goes on and on, with too many accolades to possibly list them all.
The Penguins Captain should be enjoying the prime of his career, had he not suffered from injuries, there is no telling how impressive his stats could have been. Over his career he has averaged 1.388 point per game, which is first amongst active players, and fifth all time, behind Hall of Famers: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Bossy and Bobby Orr. In his first game back from injury earlier this season, he scored twice and added two assists, helping his team defeat The New York Islanders by a score of 5-0. The comeback was sadly short-lived, as just a few games later he was suffering from lingering concussion like symptoms.
Now more than 3 months later, all eyes are on Sid The Kid once again, but there is a growing sense that this might be his last chance to shake off the injury bug. If Crosby can make a triumphant return and lead his team deep into the playoffs, remaining healthy, his career will be back on track, and he may even become a legend mentioned in the same breath as players like Gretzky and Lemieux. If this most recent comeback attempt suffers any setbacks, it is more than likely that his career is destined to be shortened by injuries, leaving him unable to reach his full potential.
This would not be the first time a great player has had their career cut short by injuries, who can forget what happened to Eric Lindros? After a vicious collision with Devils defenseman Scott Stevens, the career of one of the game's greatest players would never be the same. Lindros never really recovered from that hit, he bounced around the league for the next few years, but was never able to establish himself as a star player after leaving the Flyers. The long list of other great players that had their careers shortened by injury include: Pat Lafontaine, Mike Bossy, Cam Neely, Paul Kariya and Bobby Orr.
When Crosby skates onto the ice at Madison Square Garden this Thursday (March 15, 2012), hockey fans around the world will be holding their breaths. Penguins fans are craving another Stanley Cup, and they know that their team is at it's best with #87 as their leader. Canadians will be watching closely, with the future of Team Canada looking far brighter if Crosby can stay healthy. Gary Bettman will be on the edge of his seat, knowing that the future of the league and the game of hockey is much stronger if Sidney Crosby is playing and living up to his potential. There is a lot at stake, not just for Crosby and The Penguins, but for the game of hockey in Canada and the success of the NHL.
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