Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point with an assist on Chris Kunitz‘s first-period goal against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday evening. He is the 86th player in league history to reach this milestone.
Sidney Crosby Reaches 1000 Points
The 29-year-old Crosby, who is in his twelfth season with the Penguins. Crosby was the twelfth-fastest player to reach this milestone. It likely would have come sooner, but he missed a lot of time in 2011 and 2012 due to severe concussion symptoms, playing just 63 games combined in those two seasons.
The first overall pick in the 2005 Entry Draft, Crosby has proved himself to be one of the best players in the current NHL. He led the team to two Stanley Cup wins in 2009 and 2016 (where he also was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy for Playoffs MVP), as well as earning Olympic gold in 2012 and 2016 and a World Cup of Hockey win and MVP honors this fall, all representing team Canada.
Crosby has also won the Hart Memorial Trophy twice, the Art Ross Trophy twice, the Ted Lindsay Award three times, and the Mark Messier Leadership Award in 2010. Since 2005-06, he is second among active players in goals and points to Alexander Ovechkin. In Penguins history, he now joins Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr as the only players to reach 1000 points with the club. He has notched eight 30-goal seasons and four 100-point campaigns in 757 games played, and another 49 goals and 137 points in 124 postseason games.
Crosby’s parents were in attendance for the game, and were able to see their son reach this momentous point in his career. He also scored the game-winning goal in overtime for his 1001st point. He currently leads the league with 31 goals on the season, and is two points behind Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers with 63.