Sidney and Dale
Hawerchuk are the only two 18-year-olds to tally 100 points in a season
in the NHL.
Sidney wears number
87 for the year he was born.
Before the NHL
Draft, Sidney signed a $5 million endorsement deal with Reebok.
After Sidney became
the youngest player ever to score for Canada in the World Junior Championships,
the puck was sent to the Hall of Fame.
to speak French so he could answer the questions of Montreal hockey
Sidney lived with
Mario Lemieux and his wife during his rookie season. Their only rule:
Sidney killed the
Flyers as a rookie, notching seven goals and seven assists against the
The jersey Sidney
wore in his first NHL game was stolen from his father’s bags on
an airplane flight. It was later found in a stairwell.
he had his first NHL goal in a game against the Devils, but Martin Brodeur
made a great save. He asked Brodeur for his stick after the contest.
In 2006, Sidney competed for Canada in the World Championships. He had 8 goals and 8 assists in nine games. That made him the youngest player ever to lead the tournament in scoring. Although Canada fell in the bronze medal game, Sidney was named the tournament’s top forward.
In 2006–07, Sidney scored his 200th NHL goal at the age of 19 years, 207 days, breaking the previous record, held by Wayne Gretzky.
Sidney scored his first NHL hat trick in October of 2006. He tallied his first six-point game in December of that season. Both games were against the rival Philadelphia Flyers.
With 120 points in 2006–07, Sidney became the youngest winner of the NHL’s Art Ross Trophy. Joe Thornton of the Sharks finished second, with 114 points.
Sidney was named team captain prior to the 2007–08 season. He was the youngest team captain in NHL history.
Sidney tied with Henrik Zetterberg as the top scorer in the 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs.
In 2008–09, Sidney scored his 300th point on the same play Evgeni Malkin scored his 200th point. The trainer sawed the puck in two and gave each player a half for his trophy case.
Sports Illustrated devoted four pages to a story on Sidney when he was just 16.
Sidney made TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2007.
father was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens.