Top 12 NHL Captains Better Than Sidney Crosby

Sidney Crosby has served as captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins since the 2007-08 season. That year, he led the Pens to the Stanley Cup Finals, but was unable to overcome the Detroit Red Wings. He corrected that the following year when the Penguins bested Detroit in Game 7. In 2010, he served as an alternate captain and led the Canadian National Team to a gold medal victory over the United States. Crosby even managed to score the winning goal in the gold medal game.

In recent seasons, Crosby has suffered major injuries, including a scary battle with post-concussion syndrome that sidelined him for the majority of the 2010-11 season and the beginning of the following year. In spite of the injury issues and looming lockout, the Pens signed him to a 12-year deal. He rewarded them with a Hart Trophy campaign in 2013-14, but hasn’t been able to return to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Being a captain is an enormous responsibility for a hockey player. A captain must be the face of the franchise, the bridge between the coaching staff and players, and must also produce consistently enough on the ice to maintain the respect of his teammates. Crosby certainly meets some of those criteria, but he’s undeniably the biggest diva in the sport. Hated by opposing fans, but beloved by the Pittsburgh faithful, Crosby is a divisive figure. However, he is hardly the best captain in the NHL. Here are 12 captains that are better than Sidney Crosby.

12 Shane Doan 

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11 Claude Giroux 

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10 Zdeno Chara 

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9 Dustin Brown 

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8 Eric Staal 

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7 Shea Weber 

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6 Henrik Zetterberg 

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5 John Tavares 

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4 Steven Stamkos 

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3 Henrik Sedin 

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2 Alexander Ovechkin 

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1 Jonathan Toews 

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Jonathan Toews was almost an immediate success when he joined the Chicago Blackhawks after being drafted 3rd overall in 2006. Toews was named captain in his second season after receiving a nomination for the Calder Trophy and has rewarded the franchise by helping them win the Stanley Cup three times. He earned the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2010, Selke Trophy in 2013, and helped Canada win two gold medals in 2010 and 2014. Toews’ knack for showing up in the clutch and delivering on the biggest stage make him the best captain in the NHL.

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