Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby’s Leadership Shines the Most

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Sidney Crosby
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 11: Sidney Crosby /

The offseason has just about come to an end, and nobody is more ready to get back in action than Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby.

According to the Toronto Star, Sidney Crosby made a surprise appearance at the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie camp this week. Why is this important you may ask? Because he is solidifying the fact that he is a captain that wants to win. He wants to set a good example and set the tone for Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, no matter the fact if you’re a prospect who has a slim chance of playing in the NHL or a star forward.

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Crosby is trying to be a role model for his whole team. Hockey is the most important thing for him and he wants the rest of his team to think alike.

This is just one example of Crosby’s excellence as a captain. We all know he shines best as a leader, and in fact, I would go as far as saying he is one of the best leaders in the NHL.

Always Committed

This example show just how committed Crosby is to hockey and his team. We just won two straight Stanley Cup championships and Crosby just won two straight Conn Smythe trophies for playoff MVP. You would assume that we can’t blame him for wanting a little break, but no, he’s the first one ready to get back on the grind.

This is the type of leader a team needs. Who else in the league is as committed as this? Crosby is the ideal role model for a team and we have to be grateful to have him.

Hockey is Always on His Mind

This topic also brings me to another story that surfaced this week about Crosby. Coyotes head coach and former Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet told Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt that Crosby always talked about hockey.

“He would text and say, ‘You up?’ And it’d be 10 o’clock,” Tocchet said. “I’d do the same to him. Whatever the topic, 10 o’clock, 10:30, things like that. He’s always thinking hockey, that kid. And that’s why I love him … He made me a better coach, and a lot of those phone calls or texts really helped me, for sure.”

This just proves that his brain is wired differently. It’s wired to excel at this game. That’s why Crosby makes the perfect leader. He is responsible and you can always rely on him to focus. He is very professional and he makes everyone around him better, including coaches.

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So let’s take the time to appreciate Crosby, not just for being the world’s best player, for the amazing leadership he shows on and off the ice. You may not always see the little things he does, but it all adds up.