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Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby’s 5 Greatest Achievements So Far

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Celebrating Sidney Crosby's 5 Greatest Achievements in the NHL so Far

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Nine years ago today, the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Sidney Crosby with the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL Draft. I want to take the time to celebrate today and look back at five of Crosby's greatest achievements in the NHL so far.

5. Youngest Player to Join First All-Star Team

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5. Youngest Player to Join First All-Star Team

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Crosby's first All-Star Game was at the age of 19, following his second season in the NHL. The youngest All-Star first-timer before Crosby was Wayne Gretzky at 20 years old.

4. Youngest Player to Record 2 Consecutive 100-Point Seasons

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4. Youngest Player to Record 2 Consecutive 100-Point Seasons

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Crosby began making his mark on the NHL right out of the gates. At the age of 18, Crosby recorded his first 100-point season. Following that year, Crosby posted another 100-point season and received several awards for his outstanding performance in the NHL.

3. Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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3. Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Crosby joined Team Canada in 2010 as an alternate captain. During the final matchup against the United States, Crosby scored what would be later known as the “Golden Goal.” The Golden Goal led Team Canada to victory and ultimately a gold medal around Crosby’s neck. Crosby would later join Team Canada in 2014, this time as the captain. Despite only scoring one goal and posting two assists, Team Canada won gold once again.

2. Has Won 22 NHL Awards

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2. Has Won 22 NHL Awards

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Crosby has won just about every award the NHL has to offer — multiple times. Crosby has taken home the Art Ross Trophy twice, the Ted Lindsay Award three times and the Hart Memorial Trophy twice. Crosby has also earned the Mark Messier Leadership Award twice and the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy.

1. Won the Stanley Cup

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1. Won the Stanley Cup

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Winning the Stanley Cup is the most prominent achievement in the NHL, and Crosby has already attained that. In 2009, at the age of 21, Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history to win the cup. The Penguins haven't seen a win since then, but there’s no denying that Crosby and his teammates have exceptional talent. It’s just a matter of time before "Sid the Kid" hoists Lord Stanley’s cup once more.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.