THIS DATE IN HISTORY: July 30
2005: Sidney Crosby officially becomes a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins when he's taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2005 NHL Draft in Ottawa.
The Penguins select Crosby, a center from Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league billed as a once-in-a-generation player, eight days after winning a special draft lottery. With the 2004-05 season canceled, the NHL put all 30 teams into a weighted lottery; the Penguins, last in the standings in 2003-04, were one of four teams to have three balls in the lottery and got the No. 1 pick.
Four years later, at 21, Crosby becomes the youngest captain in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup.
1973: Markus Naslund, a three-time First-Team All-Star, is born in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden. The Pittsburgh Penguins take Naslund at No. 16 in the 1991 NHL Draft, but his career doesn't take off until after he's traded to the Vancouver Canucks on March 20, 1996. He scores 40 goals for the first of three consecutive seasons in 2000-01 and is named to the NHL All-Star First Team in 2001-02, 2002-03 and 2003-04. Naslund retires in 2009 after one season with the New York Rangers. Of his 395 goals (and 869 points) in 1,117 NHL games, 346 goals come with the Canucks, who retire his No. 19 in December 2010.
1998: Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kevin Lowe, a six-time Stanley Cup winner, retires after 19 seasons as a player and is named an assistant coach. Lowe, the first player drafted by the Oilers after they join the NHL from the World Hockey Association in 1979, played on all five of Edmonton's championship teams from 1984-90. The Rangers acquired him in 1992, and he was a regular on New York's Cup-winning team in 1994. Lowe becomes Edmonton's coach in 1999, is promoted to general manager in 2000 and to president of hockey operations in 2008. In 2015 he is named vice chair and alternate governor of Oilers Entertainment Group.
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