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Sidney Crosby is a proven winner. He’s won (or been to the finals) everywhere he’s played from high school straight through to the NHL. His resume begins with a US national high school championship, while playing for Shattuck St. Mary’s in the 2002-03 season. Then, a silver medal in the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championships, followed by gold in the 2005 WJHC, and a QMJHL Championship, along with a berth and MVP award in the 2005 Memorial Cup tournament.
When Crosby got to the NHL, it took a couple of years, but he captained the Penguins to the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, where they went on to lose to the powerhouse Detroit Red Wings. The following year, they got their revenge, as Crosby became the youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup. Finally, in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Crosby scored the gold medal-winning goal, as he added another trophy to his mantle.
Ovechkin, on the other hand, has been a proven loser almost everywhere he’s played. He does have a gold medal from the 2003 WJHC, but he was a 16-year old who wasn’t a leader on the team, and a 2008 World Championship gold medal, which came in a tournament Crosby didn’t play in because he was busy leading his team to the Cup finals.