Sidney Crosby To (Finally) Appear In All-Star Game


Ever since entering the league back in 2005, Sidney Crosby has been a perennial scoring machine and this year is no different. Crosby has been named to the NHL All-Star team nine times in his ten year career. However, this year will only be the second time he has actually played in the All-Star game. Three times Sidney Crosby has missed the All-Star game due to playing in the Olympics (2006, 2010, 2014). Then another four All-Star games Crosby has missed due to injuries to his ankle, knee and two concussions (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012). 

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It is safe to say the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ Captain has been a recognized superstar in the league but he has not been able to consistently show it. The only All-Star game he previously participated in was all the way back in 2007.  In all actuality playing in the All-Star game means next to nothing as it is merely a glorified goalfest. However, Sidney Crosby’s consistent nominations shows the presence he has in the league and the amount of respect just about everyone in the game has for him. In previous years Crosby has missed half of the season or more and still has been nominated to the All-Star game.

Dec 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) takes the ice against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A little over halfway through the season Sidney Crosby is third in the league in scoring with 51 points (15 G – 36 A) in a mere 41 games. That pace has him on track for finishing the season with 98 points. However, if there is one thing to realize, it is that he is Sidney Crosby. With consistent linemates in Chris Kunitz and David Perron, Crosby has been on fire netting eight points in his last five games played. If this trio stays healthy, Sidney Crosby could easily run away with the scoring title once again.

As time passes, the trade to bring David Perron to Pittsburgh looks even better. What will be interesting to see is what coach Mike Johnston decides to do with Patric Hornqvist once he returns from injury. Hornqvist, Kunitz and Crosby had made up the most dynamic line in all of the NHL prior to injuries.

The All-Star game itself, means nothing but the amount of respect others have for Sidney Crosby’s play is quite impressive.