Arguably one of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby has made a name for himself as a consistent winner and leader. A two time Stanley Cup champion, Sidney has earned his respected notoriety as being the best player on the ice more often than not. At age 29, Crosby continues to set the standard that has garnered him immense popularity and wealth. With all of the success that Sidney has had in his career, one question still remains: how much is the perennial MVP candidate actually worth?
Sidney Crosby’s Net Worth as of 2017: $30 Million
How did Crosby become such a valuable asset? And how has his illustrious career contributed to his overall worth? Let’s take a closer look.
2005 – 2009
Selected first overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2005 NHL Draft, Crosby was the prized prospect that every pundit and NHL franchise viewed as a must have talent. Despite Crosby’s proven ability and high developmental ceiling, coach Michel Therrien was heavily criticized for designating Crosby as an alternate captain for the Penguins. Although the Penguins had an abysmal year as they finished last in the Eastern Conference, Crosby showed off his abilities as a fearless rookie. He established franchise records in assists (63) and points (102) for a rookie. His impressive statistical output allowed Crosby to be ranked sixth in scoring and seventh in assists in his first NHL season.
Crosby’s rookie year was also birthed his personal rivalry against Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, who was the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft. He finished second to Ovechkin in scoring, which was a disappointment that Crosby would take to heart and would ultimately fuel one of the best and most anticipated match ups year after year in the NHL.
Crosby’s second season in the NHL was even more astounding than his rookie year. His hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers early in the season would epitomize the competitive fire and tenacity that would ultimately allow Crosby to lead the NHL in scoring for the second year in a row. To top it all off, Crosby would become the youngest player to win the Art Ross Trophy at age 19. While Crosby’s individual performances were sensational, it was the first year that Crosby and the Penguins were on the same page in terms of success. The Penguins finished fifth in the Eastern Conference and clinched their first playoff berth since 2001.
2007 was the season where the Penguins decided to lock up Crosby as the face of their franchise as they signed him to a five year, $43.5 million contract on July 10, 2007. Although Crosby suffered from a lingering ankle issue throughout most of the season, he still managed to score 72 points in 53 games. When Crosby returned to the Penguins for the playoffs in 2008, he made up for lost time by quickly dispatching the Ottawa Senators in four games in the first round. The next two series against the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers were as impressive as the first round sweep of the Senators as each series was won in five games. While Crosby and the Penguins were eventually halted and defeated in six games by the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals, Crosby gave his team every chance to win with six goals and 21 assists throughout the playoffs.
While Crosby was kept out of five games during the 2008 season due to a minor injury, he was able to persevere and stay healthy throughout most of the season. Once again, Crosby asserted himself as a tenacious scorer (33 goals) and unselfish puck facilitator (70 assists), leading the charge for the Penguins going into the playoffs. This time, the Penguins would finish what they started last year. The Penguins and Red Wings would meet again in the Finals for a adrenaline fueled seven game series. Unlike last year, the Penguins battled ferociously as a more complete team and won the Stanley Cup. This moment set the tone for the now championship caliber team that still remains a force to be reckoned with as of 2017.
Statistically speaking, 2009 was Crosby’s most impressive showing. He scored 51 goals and garnered 58 assists en route to being named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award. Although Crosby and the Penguins would eventually lose to the Montreal Canadiens in the second round of the playoffs, it was still a highly successful season for Crosby.
He reportedly earned $9 million in 2009.
2010 – 2015
Coming into the 2010 NHL season, Crosby came out with a renewed energy and fiery mentality that would result in a 25-game point streak. During that stretch, Crosby scored 27 goals and garnered 24 assists. Unfortunately, Crosby was unable to sustain this type dominance as he sustained several hits to the head in January on two separate occasions. As a result, Crosby missed the second half of the regular season and the NHL Playoffs with a concussion. However, Crosby still managed to lead his team in scoring with 66 points.
His concussion issues during the previous season would prevent him from playing in the first 20 games of the 2011 season. He would come back to make seven more appearances, but his symptoms would return by December 2011. Yet, Crosby’s performances in his limited playing time still allowed him to put up solid numbers (29 assists, eight goals). While Crosby returned in time for the playoffs in a contentious first round series against the Flyers, the Stanley Cup favorites would go on to lose to the Flyers in six games. Despite injury issues and an early exit from the playoffs, the Penguins signed Crosby to a gargantuan 12-year, $104.4 Million contract extension during the offseason.
The start of the 2012 season was marred by the owners locking out the players as the new collective bargaining agreement was being established. Despite the shortened season, Crosby continued to practice and play in exhibition games to stay sharp. While Crosby started strong with nine goals and 22 assists in 21 games once the season began, his season was cut short when a teammate fired a puck that hit Crosby in his lower jaw and resulted in a severe break that would require several reconstructive surgeries. Although Crosby did return for the playoffs and performed admirably in the first two rounds, he was stifled by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals.
2013 was thankfully the season where Crosby’s contributions were not cut short by injuries. As a result, Crosby led the league for the first time in assists (68). He also finished the season with a NHL leading 104 points.
Building off last season, 2014 was one of Crosby’s best seasons in terms points per game average. He finished with 84 total points and led an injury plagued Penguins team into the playoffs. Crosby was a major factor in keeping the first round series against the New York Rangers competitive. However, the Rangers proved to be too much for the Penguins and eliminated them in five games.
Crosby and the Penguins changed drastically throughout the 2015 season. Coach Mike Johnston was fired by the Penguins and replaced by Mike Sullivan after the team went 15-10-3 in their first 28 games. The start was so uncharacteristic that it led to relentless criticisms by the media that indicated that Crosby was declining athletically. However, the coaching change proved to be the catalyst that rejuvenated Crosby’s dominant performances as he finished the season with 36 goals and 85 points. Crosby’s resurgence wold carry over to the playoffs as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup after defeating the San Jose Sharks in six games.
Crosby reportedly earned $12 million in 2015.
2016 – Present
Aside from missing the first six games of the 2016 season due to concussion symptoms, Crosby’s assertive nature didn’t falter as he scored 30 goals in his first 45 games. Currently, the Penguins have looked like the dominant team they were last year when they won the Stanley Cup. They quickly eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets in five games in the first round and currently lead the Capitals 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Final Round.
Love or hate him, Crosby is undeniably one of if not the best player in the NHL. While some fans will take issue with Crosby’s emotional outbursts when it comes to possibly exaggerating an ailment to get a call on the ice, his athletic abilities and feel for the game are genuine and historically significant. Even if the Penguins fail to make the Stanley Cup Finals, Crosby’s pedigree as a winner and ability to lead by example can never be refuted.
Crosby reportedly earned $10.9 million in 2017.