Slideshow: Sidney Crosby, All-Star
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Sidney Crosby will be 19 years, 5 months, and 17 days old when the puck drops Wednesday night with him at center for the Eastern Conference in the 55th NHL All-Star Game.
He's the youngest player voted to a starting spot since fan balloting began in 1986.
Anyone who thinks Pittsburgh might have fallen off the hockey map since the Penguins stopped making the playoffs and Mario Lemieux retired should know that Crosby led all players in online All-Star balloting with 825,783 votes.
Mature for his age -- maybe for someone twice his age -- Crosby is in his second season in the NHL. He is one of the Penguins' three alternate captains. They haven't had a captain since Lemieux retired midway through last season.
He had a six-point night Dec. 13 against Philadelphia to become the second teen-ager in NHL history to lead the league in points. The first was the legendary Wayne Gretzky. Crosby hasn't let go of that scoring lead. He entered the weekend with 23 goals and 46 assists for 69 points in 42 games.
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First Published January 21, 2007 12:00 am