Dynamic and gifted offensive force with a unique blend of size and athleticism.
Nickname - “Geno”
Played 5 NHL seasons with Pittsburgh.
Led Penguins to Stanley Cup title in 2009, being named Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP after posting 36 points (14G-22A). Is 4th-youngest Conn Smythe winner (22 years, 10 months).
Won NHL scoring title (Art Ross) in 2008-09 after recording 113 points (35G-78A)
and was named Team MVP.
1st player since Mario Lemieux (1992) to win Art Ross and Conn Smythe in same season (2008-09). Became the 5th player in NHL history (since expansion in 1967) to win the regular-season and postseason scoring titles in one season, joining Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito.
Back-to-back finalist for Hart Trophy (MVP) and Ted Lindsay Award (most outstanding player as voted by peers) in 2007-08 and ‘08-09.
Won Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) in 2006-07 and named to NHL All-Rookie Team.
Recorded 2 100-point and 3 30-plus goal seasons in career.
Collected his 400th NHL point with an assist vs. Carolina on Nov. 19, 2010.
Ranks 4th in team history for longest consecutive games played streak at 254. His streak began with his NHL debut on Oct. 18, 2006 and lasted until he missed a game vs. Columbus on Oct. 30, 2009.
Three-time NHL All-Star (2008, ‘09, ‘11) — twice voted as starter — (‘09, ‘11). Named First-Team NHL All-Star in ‘07-08 and ‘08-09.
Earned Team MVP award in ‘07-08 and ‘08-09.
Recorded 13-game assist streak (21 total), 3rd-longest in Penguins history, from Oct. 16 to Nov. 15, 2008.
Twice has had 15-game scoring streaks: Jan. 16 to March 4, 2010 (9G-14A); Oct. 23 to Nov. 22, 2007 (7G-15A).
Recorded 200th career point with an assist on Sidney Crosby’s 100th career goal Oct. 18, 2008 vs. Toronto.
The puck was split in half for both players to share.
Scored 1st NHL goal in first game against Martin Brodeur Oct. 18, 2006 vs. New Jersey. Scored a goal in each of his 1st 6 games (7 goals total), becoming 1st NHL player in 89 years to accomplish the feat.
His career postseason average of 1.18 points per game (min. 40 games) ranks 9th in NHL history.
Recorded his 1st playoff hat trick and added an assist for a 4-point night in Game 2 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Carolina on May 21, 2009. His 3rd goal came on a faceoff play called “The Geno” in which he won his own draw in the offensive zone, carried the puck behind the net and scored on a spinning, backhanded shot.
Played for Team Russia in 2010 Winter Olympics, leading the team in scoring (3G-3A).
Has represented Russia in the Olympics (2006, ‘10), World Championships (2006, ‘07, ‘10), World Junior Championships (2004, ‘05, ‘06) and World Under-18 Championships (2003, ‘04).
Named to All-Tournament team at 2007 World Championships and Top Forward and Tournament MVP at ‘06 World Junior Championships.
Played 3 seasons for hometown Metallurg Magnitogorsk in Russian Super League (2003-06).
Avid soccer and billiards player.
Lived with former Penguin Sergei Gonchar for 1st 2 years in his career.