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Sidney Crosby is ready to tell his story in his own words. As one of the greatest NHL players of all time, he reflects on his 2005-06 rookie season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. From a Canadian phenom dubbed “the next Gretzky” to an 18-year-old carrying the burden of a struggling franchise, he talks candidly about the intense pressure he was under, the surreal experience of lacing up alongside his childhood idol Mario Lemieux and the truth about his rivalry with Alex Ovechkin. Sidney Crosby, with the help of his family, coaches and former teammates, gives listeners an all-access pass to one of the most scrutinized and tumultuous rookie seasons in the history of professional hockey. Hosted by Pittsburgh native and Penguins fan Joe Manganiello.

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About Sidney Crosby

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is one of the most accomplished players in the history of the National Hockey League, having won three Stanley Cup championships, two NHL scoring titles, two Hart Trophies as the NHL’s MVP, and two Conn Smythe Trophies as the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs through the first 17 years of his professional career.

The nine-time NHL All-Star has also starred internationally for Team Canada on several occasions, including winning gold medals in both the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games, with his overtime goal in the 2010 gold medal game against the United States known as the ''Golden Goal.'' In May 2015, Crosby became the 26th player to enter the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Triple Gold Club, achieved by winning the Stanley Cup and gold medals at both the Olympics and World Championship.

Crosby, a two-time Emmy Award winner, has multiple commitments to community and charitable efforts. He founded both the Sidney Crosby Foundation and Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins program, which has provided free hockey equipment and lessons to over 13,000 youths in the Pittsburgh area since 2008. He has also purchased a private suite at PPG Paints Arena for over 15 years, which he has reserved for use by children's charities in the Pittsburgh area. Crosby is a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia.

About the Host

Joe Manganiello is an actor, a producer, an author, and an Emmy winning narrator, who earned a BFA in acting from The Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama. He went on to become known for his roles in the HBO hit series True Blood, the Magic Mike films, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, Pee Wee's Big Holiday, Sabotage, Rampage, and as supervillain Deathstroke in the DC Extended Universe franchise. His book Evolution has been printed in several languages and is available through Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books. And he has a Heavy Metal/Fantasy Streetwear line called Death Saves.

Manganiello recently wrapped production in Ireland on the upcoming series Moonhaven, scheduled to premiere on AMC in 2023. His recent credits include The Smith’s indie feature Shoplifters of the World, as well as the indie feature Archenemy. Both films are produced by his company, 359. Joe reteamed with Zack Snyder for the upcoming Netflix series Army of the Dead as well as appeared in The Snyder Cut of Justice League on HBO Max.

He currently serves on the board of trustees for UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Editorial Review

Learn everything there is to know about Canadian superstar legend Sidney Crosby both on an off the ice in Sidney Crosby: The Rookie Year. This Audible Original is an audio documentary where the hockey player legend himself talks openly about the highs and lows of his impressive hockey career. One of the most exciting rookie hockey players of all time, Crosby describes the excitement and pressure that came with being dubbed ‘The Next Wayne Gretzky”.

The most exciting prospect, and number one draft pick of 2005, Crosby signed for the Pittsburgh Penguins in his rookie season, and has played with them ever since. In this Audible show Crosby describes what it was like trying to live up to the hype, stepping onto NHL ice for the first time, playing with legends like Mario Lemieux, and feeling the weight of a nation throughout his early career. Crosby, along with family members, teammates and coaches discuss the early days of what has become a truly impressive career, covering aspects of the game, the media, and his life off the ice. From junior hockey to championships, Sidney Crosby is one of the greatest players to ever lace up skates.

Crosby is a much loved Canadian icon, and hockey star. From his Nova Scotia roots, to his Quebecois ties, his career in the National Hockey League, and his legendary Olympic and World Cup Gold medal winning captaincies, 'Sid the Kid' was a game changer and one of the best players on any team. Beloved not only for his skill, but his class and warmth, hockey lovers and Canadians everywhere will love this candid look at his 2005-06 debut in Sidney Crosby: The Rookie Year. This podcast celebrates the early career of one of Canada's most beloved players at a time well before he ever lifted the Stanley Cup. This is a must add to any sports lover's wish list.

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Excellent book.

Sid is a Canadian superstar, and this book does him justice. Growing up playing hockey like a lot of Canadian kids, this book took me back to some great moments. Thanks for the memories.

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Respect

Not that I lacked any, but I respect Crosby even more now. The way this plays out gives you all of the emotions. What a great cast of people and the little insights to Crosby’s life through his own words and voice is a treat.

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Great Read!

Exactly what you would want to listen too. Perfect amount of history, memories and special moments perfectly described. If this was longer, boy could this have been a great book! Highly recommend!

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Absolutely Amazing

I really loved how engaging this audible was. It was truly amazing the 4hrs fly by

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  • 2022-03-11

Very well done, couldn’t stop listening.

I knew a little bit about Sidney’s start but this was an in-depth dive into the story of how and when it started. Such a cool story. The only thing wrong with this book,is it needs to be a documentary on tv. Joe’s Narration was awesome too.

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Great Listen! Amazing Story

An amazing story! So well narrated and explained! An emotional world wind and educational well described history! It was so good and taught me a lot about my favourite all time hockey player!

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One of the great ones!

Loved this story! it was well put together and captured alot of the emotions he went through in his career. Go Crosby!

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Absolutely amazing

I’ve been a Crosby fan since I was a little boy, I’ve always looked up to him. I literally haha so much respect for this man.. so proud to be frim the same province

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Great story

Great story about a super talented young hockey pkayer. He proved himself on and off the ice while being so ypung

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very Interesting

Brought to life some of the pressure I wouldn't have even though Sidney Crosby would need to deal with. Even the age he had to start dealing with it. Good book and voice clips of other hockey players.

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  • 2022-03-28

Neat story, disappointed with foul language

I wish athletes would not use such foul language. It could have been omitted from the book.

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  • 2022-03-07

Hockey fan dream!

If you’re a hockey fan and want a firsthand account of what it’s like to be one of the greatest hockey players to ever play, here’s your gift.

Terrific production! Great firsthand accounts as told by Sid’s parents, teammates, associated media personalities, and more. Just terrific!

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  • 2022-05-24

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  • 2022-05-22

Captain Sid #87

Loved it, seems like yesterday when Sid was drafted. Always unreal how time passes by, seems like a blink of an eye, but Sid has been everything that was expected, and infinitely more. A top 5 all-time great, he's absolutely class, on and off the ice. We here in Pittsburgh are absolutely grateful to have Sid represent our city.

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  • 2022-05-17

a must read.

You can feel the energy in the story. great job from all who contributed. superb.

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  • 2022-05-17

Really great storytelling about a hockey legend

I am not a big hockey fan however I really enjoyed this book. It is full of interesting characters and I found it very inspirational.

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  • Judy M. Bishop
  • 2022-05-15

Fabulous!

As a huge Pittsburgh Penguins fan, I could not be more proud to claim Sidney Crosby as not only an asset to Pittsburgh, but to humanity as well! It has been nothing short of phenomenal watching his career takes off and soar! Thank you!!

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  • 2022-05-14

Great listen if you are a hockey fan

At great look into Crosby’s first season, which was full of ups and downs. A must read for hockey fans and Pittsburgh ones, alike!

Also, the performance was amazing! The audible ones never cease to amaze and impress one. Easily the top-two in terms of presentation

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  • 2022-05-09

Pens Fan

Born and raised in Pittsburgh and this was such an amazing insight into the Pens! Loved it.

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pure love 100% THANKS FOR SHARING HISTORY..WIN

My favorite part was growing up with
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AUGUST 8TH. CELEBRATE SIDNEY.