Sidney Crosby commemorates the Golden Goal that provided Canada a 3-2 win over the U.S. in the gold-medal video game at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver on Feb. 28, 2010.( Yuri Kadobnv/AFP through Getty Images)No. 87 has a ways to go to capture MacInnis for NHL video games played. MacInnis played

a combined 1,416 video games for Calgary and St. Louis. Nova Scotia-born Bobby Smith played 1,077 games and Bridgewater-raised Glen Murray played 1,009.

Crossley knows the trick to the three-time Stanley Cup winner's success. "He works harder than everyone else."

He indicates a conversation he had with the all-star during a training camp for 25 of the very best gamers in the league up in the thin air of Colorado.

"Sidney came up to me after the first practice and said, 'Crossley, these men are really excellent. I need to go harder.' The gamers around him are drawing wind at 7,000 feet altitude and hanging over the board," he said with a laugh. "He wishes to compete hard every day versus the finest and have the best around him."

Crosby ratings from his knees last weekend to pass Al MacInnis for many profession points in the NHL by a Nova Scotian.( Keith Srakocic/The Associated Press )"He called me previous to the season launching once again asking for some drills, due to the fact that the players were running camps and he wanted to be well prepared to help his team be the finest they could be, "Crossley said."His maturity level in the game has escalated. He's no longer the Kid, Sid the Kid. He's a well-respected guy in the league."

Crosby passed Al MacInnis of Port Hood, N.S., on Sunday to end up being Nova Scotia's career point leader in the NHL. An empty-net objective from his knees offered Crosby 1,275 regular-season NHL points.

Patrice Bergeron, left, Sidney Crosby, centre, and Corey Perry of Team Canada commemorate their gold-medal win after beating Team Russia at the World Juniors on Jan. 4, 2005, in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Canada defeated Russia 6-1. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

Crossley stated the competitive fire and talent are still there, however he's seen developments in other parts of Crosby's game.

"I believe he's become an even better leader and might be the finest two-way gamer in the video game," Crossley said.

He prepares to send his congratulations to Crosby ahead of the game.

"If he trusts you, you are a part of his life permanently," he said. "He's most likely a better individual than a hockey player."

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As Crosby prepares to play his 1,000 game in the league, his old coach isn't surprised. Crossley teaches physical education in Crosby's home town of Cole Harbour, N.S., and coaches elite hockey gamers, from the minors to the pros. Crosby ratings from his knees last weekend to pass Al MacInnis for many profession points in the NHL by a Nova Scotian.( Yuri Kadobnv/AFP via Getty Images)No. 87 has a ways to go to catch MacInnis for NHL video games played. Patrice Bergeron, left, Sidney Crosby, centre, and Corey Perry of Team Canada commemorate their gold-medal win after beating Team Russia at the World Juniors on Jan. 4, 2005, in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

When coach Brad Crossley first saw 14-year-old Sidney Crosby play hockey, he understood his competitive fire and skill level would take him to the NHL.

As Crosby prepares to play his 1,000 game in the league, his old coach isn't shocked. "It wouldn't surprise me if he played 1,000 more," Crossley informed CBC News ahead of the turning point game Saturday night.

Crossley coached Crosby in his 2001-02 year with the major midget Dartmouth Subways.

"He led the league in points obviously, led our team to a silver medal at the championship game and along the way was the top scorer in the league," he stated. "As I recall now, I wish I had stood back and valued him a lot more than I did, although we were in awe every shift he was out there."

Crossley teaches physical education in Crosby's hometown of Cole Harbour, N.S., and coaches elite hockey players, from the minors to the pros. He deals with Crosby in the summers, a collaboration that has actually flourished for 20 years.


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