Sidney Crosby is a creature of habit.
“I’m a guy who doesn’t like change,” he told Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette before the start of this NHL season.
While the reigning Hart Trophy winner was referring to the the Penguins leadership change (GM Ray Shero & coach Dan Bylsma out, Jim Rutherford & Mike Johnston in, respectively), Crosby feels the same way about all aspects of his game.
Crosby’s superstitions have been well documented, and while he’d love to wear the same jersey every game, it’s not possible in today’s NHL (home & away, Set 1 & Set 2, third jerseys, etc.).
Each game worn jersey has it’s own story to tell and Crosby’s black gamer from the second half of 2013-14 was part of “Sid the Kid’s” standout season that featured him earning:
- Hart Memorial Trophy – 2nd MVP Award
- Art Ross Trophy – 2nd Scoring Title
- Ted Lindsay Award – 3rd Most Outstanding Player as selected by the NHLPA
- 1st Team All Star – 3rd time selected
Crosby wore the jersey 21 times and some of the game highlights included:
And the game worn jersey is verified with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, something the Penguins do to ensure authenticity.
Penguins Head Equipment Manager Dana Heinze gave a behind the scenes look at the process via Twitter:
Teddy Richards is logging the game jerseys in for tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/kAhOR7DIvM
— Dana Heinze (@RealDanaHeinze) October 23, 2014
As for Crosby’s superstitions, like his pregame peanut butter and jelly sandwich, he never waivers from his routine.
“There’s probably a few that are borderline crazy, but I guess we’re all crazy in our own way,” he said.