With Team Canada’s victory over Russia to capture the 2015 IIHF World Championship, Canada’s captain, Sidney Crosby, became just the 26th player in international hockey history, and the ninth Canadian, to enter the prestigious Triple Gold Club, adding Gold to his two Stanley Cups and two Olympic Gold Medals.
Crosby, highly touted by many as the best player in the world today, was a welcome addition to Canada’s roster when his Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated early from the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round, a rare occurrence due to the likes of Crosby, who would play in his first Worlds since 2006. Crosby tallied a point in every game of the tournament, and brought senior leadership and international discipline to a talented group, but with wide degrees of international experience. Crosby registered four goals and seven assists in nine games, including a goal and assist in the Gold Medal Game.
Crosby won the first third of the Triple Gold in 2009, becoming the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to the Stanley Cup, winning in seven games over the Detroit Red Wings to win the franchise’s third title. Crosby was wearing Olympic Gold less than a year later, when his thrilling overtime strike past American goalie Ryan Miller at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics propelled Canada to the Gold Medal, a feat he would repeat again as captain at the 2014 Sochi Games with a decisive victory over Sweden.
Crosby joins only two other players, Scott Niedermayer and Jaromír Jágr, to enter the Triple Gold Club in the order of Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold and World Championship Gold, joining 2010 teammates Niedermayer, Eric Staal, Jonathan Toews and Patrice Bergeron in the club, along with coach Mike Babcock in the history books. Crosby, who also holds the distinction as being the first in the Club to captain all three of his championship teams, was presented with his official membership following Canada’s win by IIHF President René Fasel. He may be joined next month by another of his 2010 teammates, facing off now in the NHL playoffs: Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, or Brenden Morrow of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Our congratulations go out to “Sid The Kid,” on another great accolade achieved, surely far from the last he will accomplish in his great career!