1. Sidney Crosby
Sidney Crosby is one of the most superstitious hockey players to ever touch the ice. Unlike most players who only have one or two superstitions, Crosby has a laundry list of activities he both must do and must avoid.
Crosby will never walk past the visiting team’s locker room before games. He will take a special route around the stadium just to avoid passing their door.
He will only use the home team’s tape on his stick, and no one is allowed to touch it after he tapes it.
He makes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches each game with specific brands of peanut butter and jelly.
He will not call his mother on game days.
When his team is on the road and going over railroad tracks, he will lift his feet against the window.
He is also always second to last in line when going onto the ice (last is always Evgeni Malkin). The two also have a special handshake they do before leaving the locker room."
— Erin Bradley, “Top 13 Most Superstitious Hockey Players”, The Pink Puck, 9/22/2014
ESPN’s Craig Custance enlisted the help of 14 elite NHLers who came to the conclusion that Sidney Crosby (who else?) is the player best suited to build a franchise around.
Crosby received four of the 14 first-place ballots and finished with 19 points –11 more than the runner-up, Jonathan Toews.
Tuukka Rask led all goaltenders while Carey Price and Henrik Lundqvist also received first-place votes along with forwards John Tavares, Ryan Getzlaf, Nathan MacKinnon and Claude Giroux (who voted for himself).
As for Crosby, he didn’t fill out a full ballot, but did tab Jamie Benn as the ideal cornerstone for his franchise."
Even better than Giroux voting for himself was his second-place pick: Sidney Crosby!