Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been compared to some of the greats in the National Hockey League (NHL) history. The Nova Scotia native grabbed all eyeballs from an early age only, earning him the nickname, “The Next One.”
Crosby, who recently completed his 500th NHL goal, has lived up to those lofty expectations. He has collected three Stanley Cup titles and two Olympic Gold medals in his cabinet. Meanwhile, an audio documentary titled “Sidney Crosby: The Rookie Year,” has just come out and made available on Audible. This tells the story behind Crosby’s first year in the NHL.
The project received special assistance from Pittsburgh superfan and Hollywood star Joe Manganiello. Notably, Manganiello is no stranger to collaborating with the league as he’s being the host of the NHL’s annual awards show.
“Very proud that it happened to our team”
“It’s a great sports story, so I am very proud that it happened to our team and certainly got to watch a lot of it unfold,” said Manganiello.
“I also love being an insider because I wind up hearing a lot of the stories. This is a real insider’s look into the birth of a superstar.”
The Audible exclusive also sheds light on Crosby’s relationship with Pittsburgh Penguins icon and all-time ice hockey great Mario Lemieux.
“Lemieux is the most important Pittsburgh sports icon of all time. You’re remised to find another player who became the owner, saved the team — it’s never happened.
“Then for him to come out of retirement and get back on the ice to play with Sid, but also open up his house to Sid, I mean, it’s the kind of thing that can alter the course of your life,” he added.