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Sidney Crosby

Written by: Sidney Crosby
Narrated by: Sidney Crosby, Joe Manganiello
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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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Awesome story!

I had no idea Sydney Crosby is such an amazing person. He makes me proud to be Canadian!

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Great to hear it from Crosby himself

If you're a hockey fan definitely give it a listen! The perspective was very Pittsburgh centric for a hockey player who is so much more than just a Penguin. I understand the focus though.

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Awesome and inspiring

A great, inspiring story of someone with alot of expectations from an early age. Great interview style but story telling

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great insight about Sidney Crosby

an exceptional true life Journey of an 18-year-old superstar hockey player has told from the people who were there including teammates, coaches and Sydney himself

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Loved it!

I have been a fan all along and knew bits and pieces but hearing from Sydney himself and his family was great and really enjoyable.

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Emotional

By the end of this audible I felt like I was part of Sid the Kid’s family. It was so emotional and triggered past family memories for myself. My husband was shocked to hear that I was listening to this book. Great work I just became another fan.

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Good

If your a Sid fan is a great listen under the pressure this 18 year old kid has thrust upon him and how he as always rises to the occasion

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A must listen for any Penguins fan.

If you’ve been watching hockey for a while now or have been following Crosby’s career since the beginning then you probably already know a lot of what’s discussed in this audiobook but it gives a nice insight into Crosby and others thought process at the time. One thing I couldn’t help thinking however while listening is how well this audiobook would have worked as a documentary, either split into 2 parts or as just one long 4hr documentary. There’s lots of discussions and moments that I feel would have benefited from having visuals however you can still get a lot out of this audiobook even if you are struggling to visualize what’s being discussed. As my title for this review suggests, if you’re a Pens fan this is a must listen in my opinion and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

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Hockey History

Whether you are a Crosby fan or not it’s impossible not to enjoy this audible. Hearing the story from Sid, his family, his hockey family and the people closet to him, you know it’s being told right!! Its well put together! It puts you right in the front seat of an amazing career. It’s Hockey History!!!

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Wow

Well worth the listen. Loved it from beginning to end. I have always been a Sidney fan being from the Maritimes but I appreciate him even more now that I better understand his rookie year and the sacrifices made. Had the privilege to see him play in person in Montreal and although I am a Canadien’s fan, I did not mind them losing to Sid. Recommend this audible to all hockey lovers.

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