Sidney Crosby named to Order of Canada, country's highest honour
Officials announced on Thurs. December 29th that Frameworth Exclusive and three-times Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby will be 1 of 99 appointed as an officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest honours.
Crosby's selection to receive the Order of Canada is in recognition of "being one of the greatest hockey players of all time and for supporting community service initiatives for youth," the Governor General of Canada said in a statement.
The two-time Team Canada Olympic gold medalist has the 14th-most points among all Canadian-born players in NHL history with 1,452. Crosby has won gold medals at every international tournament for Team Canada, including the World Junior Championship (2005), Olympics (2010, '14), World Championship (2015) and the World Cup (2017). His most memorable moment while playing for Team Canada occurred in 2010 on his native soil in Vancouver, Canada when he scored the gold medal-winning goal in overtime, known as the 'Golden Goal'.
In addition, Crosby is the 26th player to join the Triple Gold Club - winning a Stanley Cup (2009, '16, '17), Olympic gold (2010, '14) and World Championship (2015). He is the only member of the Club to have captained all three teams to their respective titles.
Hailed as "The Next One" before he even played his first NHL game, the 35-year-old centre has had one of the most decorated careers in professional hockey. Crosby has twice collected the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the most valuable player for his team during the Stanley Cup playoffs, and was selected to his eighth All-Star game in 2019.
"The NHL is grateful for all he has given to the game and joins his millions of fans throughout Canada and around the world in celebrating this prestigious and well-deserved honour," the league said in a statement.