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Sidney Crosby is hockey’s version of LeBron James

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their second consecutive Stanley Cup championship led by Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins became the first NHL team to win back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red Wings won during the 1996-97 and the 1997-98 seasons. Although winning the NHL championship is a team accomplishment, it also illustrates the star power of Sidney Crosby. In many ways, the career of Sidney Crosby mirrors that of another famous athlete currently playing in another championship series, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James.

Sidney Crosby was one the most hyped NHL prospects ever. Like LeBron James, Crosby’s incredible talent was recognized at a very young age. In an October 2003 Sports Illustrated magazine that featured a 18 year old LeBron James on the cover, a story about a 16-year-old center named Sidney Crosby was one of the featured stories. Since both James and Crosby were teenagers, both have had to live up to being the number one overall picks in their respective drafts for their respective sports, as well as taking the mantle as the face of the NHL and NBA respectively after the Michael Jordan era and Wayne Gretzky era. It is says something about what was expected of two sports prodigies that the NHL was expected to be under the Crosby era went he was drafted and the LeBron James era when he was drafted.

Sidney Crosby has been able to carve out a terrific career under the early comparison to Wayne Gretzky, the greatest hockey player of all time. Crosby has led the NHL in points twice and been in the top 10 in points during nine different seasons. He is also 6th all time in NHL history in points per game, which is list led by Gretzky. Like Crosby, LeBron James has spent much of his career compared to the greatest player ever in his sport, Michael Jordan. Both James and Crosby have earned multiple Most Valuable Player awards in their sports for their regular season excellence and their styles of play even bear similarity. While no one will mistake 5″11, 200 pound Sidney Crosby for 6″8, 250 pound LeBron James physically, both players receive more recognition for their innate, incredible ability to set up scoring opportunities for their teammates before using their great talent to score themselves.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their third Stanley Cup that was led by Sidney Crosby. LeBron James has three NBA championships himself. Both men have achieved postseason success that mirrors their regular season excellence as last night Crosby became the first NHL player since Wayne Gretzky in 1986-87 to lead the NHL in goals and win a Stanley Cup championship that season. One more thing that they have in common is that as soon as both decide to retire, they will be on a first class ticket to the Hall of Fame in their sport.

 

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