Jake Guentzel discusses his legendary bond with Sidney Crosby

Elliot Ben Jacob
May 5, 2024  (1:52)

Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel.
Photo credit: PensBurgh

Over eight seasons, Jake Guentzel's reputation as a reliable scorer was cemented. He tallied an impressive 219 goals, a testament to his skill and persistence. His synergy with Sidney Crosby, one of hockey's all-time greats, was particularly noteworthy. Crosby, assisting on 114 of Guentzel's goals, found in him a go-to winger, a testament to their seamless on-ice chemistry.

Together, they formed one of the most formidable duos across the National Hockey League. However, the landscape of sports is ever-changing, and Guentzel's journey took a new turn when he was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.
This transition came after a challenging period marked by an injury and consequent lineup changes for the Penguins. The Hurricanes, now primed as Stanley Cup contenders, welcomed a seasoned warrior in Guentzel.
Reflecting on his significant chapter in Pittsburgh, Guentzel shared heartfelt sentiments with Michael Russo of The Athletic. His affection for the city and its people shone through as he recounted the profound connections made, especially with Crosby.
"It was tough because I was so close to a couple guys, especially Sid," Guentzel remarked. "I sat next to him for I don't know how long, and a guy I really looked up to and a guy who took me under his wing."

Crosby reciprocated this admiration, emphasizing the depth of their relationship.
«A great player, a great teammate, a friend,» Crosby said. «He did everything he possibly could in his time here. Just a privilege to play with him.»

This mutual respect highlights not only their professional collaboration but also a profound personal bond.
Guentzel echoed this sentiment, expressing his gratitude and the unique brotherhood they shared.
«I was very fortunate to play alongside him,» Guentzel said. «We got so close, he's really like an older brother to me.»

While their paths as teammates have diverged, the legacy of their partnership and the memories of their achievements continue to thrive. In the world of sports, where the business aspect often reshapes teams, the enduring friendship between Crosby and Guentzel remains a beacon of genuine connection and mutual respect.
As Guentzel embarks on this new chapter with the Hurricanes, both he and Crosby carry forward a legacy of excellence and camaraderie that transcends the confines of the ice rink.
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