The Great Debate is over. For years, analysts and fans have argued this heated topic. Who is the best hockey player in not only the league, but also the world?
Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin? The buck toothed Canadian or the tough Russian? #87 or #8? Sid the Kid or Ovie the Great?
It has been argued since both players entered the league in 2005. The first four years, the argument was great. Both players produced and it was too close to call.
Then one of the players went on to win a Gold Medal and a Stanley Cup. This season, that same player had one of the best first-halves in the history of the NHL and made it clear that he alone is the greatest player in the world.
Take a seat Mr. Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby has made it clear that he is the world’s greatest hockey player.
Sidney Crosby’s ownership of the best player in the world title all started in the 2007-08 playoffs. Crosby managed to put up 27 points in 20 playoff games. He led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup where they lost in six games to the Detroit Red Wings. In those same playoffs, Ovechkin’s Capitals were knocked out in the first round at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the 2008-09 season, Sidney Crosby accomplished something Alex Ovechkin has never come close to achieving: His Pittsburgh Penguins stormed into the playoffs and never looked back.
Before leading the Penguins to the Stanley Cup, Crosby and Ovechkin faced off in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Crosby finished with 13 points and his Penguins triumphed over the Ovechkin and the Capitals in seven games. After defeating the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup, Crosby finished that year’s playoffs with 15 goals and ended up with 31 points. Crosby delivered the city of Pittsburgh their first Stanley Cup title since 1993.
Winning a ring and securing his name on the Stanley Cup is not the only thing Crosby has done that Ovechkin hasn’t. In the 2010 Winter Olympics, Crosby struck gold in Vancouver.
Sidney Crosby and the Canadian hockey team won five out of six games, including a 7-3 win over Ovechkin’s Russian team. Crosby and the team from the Great North faced the United States in the Gold Medal Game. Crosby put the entire nation of Canada on his back and scored the game-winning goal in overtime to give Canada the gold medal.
So let’s look at a rundown so far:
Sidney Crosby: 2 Stanley Cup Appearances, 1 Stanley Cup Ring, and a Gold Medal.
Alex Ovechkin: uhhh…
Let us also compare some of these two superstar's stats from the first half of this season:
Due to an injury, Sidney Crosby has played in 41 of the Penguins' 50 games this season. He is second in the league in goals (32) and also second in the league in points (66). Sidney Crosby also hit a hot streak. So hot, that he recorded points in 25 straight games.
Alex Ovechkin has played in 51 games and isn’t even in the top twenty for goals. He has a measly 19 goals and ranks 10th in points (51).
Many of you who read this may completely disagree with me. Some may say it’s all about the stats. Some may believe that since Ovechkin has more goals and points, he is the best in the world. Sure, each of them has made numerous All-Star squads. They each have won Hart Memorial Trophy’s (NHL MVP), and Art Ross Trophy’s (Leading Scorer). Each has won Lester B. Pearson Awards (Most Outstanding Player), and Rocket Richard Trophy’s (Goals Leader).
The fact of the matter is that it is all about results. It’s about championships. It’s about rings and gold medals.
Until Alex Ovechkin wins something, he will never be on the same level as Sidney Crosby.