Forbes, 17, is a 5-feet-11, 155-pound goaltender. He played for the Steele Subaru Major Midgets last season in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, posting a 2.95 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage, and a record of 12-6 in 18 games.
Robbie Forbes is the son of Crosby's uncle Robert Forbes, Crosby's mother's brother. Robert Forbes played forward in his professional career, and played three seasons (1987-90) in the Netherlands, Austria, and England. He played junior hockey for the Laval Voisins in the 1981-82 QMJHL season, along with a rookie by the name of Mario Lemieux.
Crosby spoke about Forbes and the other hockey players in his family in a video feature for Sportsnet in January. "I think we could almost put a whole team on the ice," he said.
Crosby's father Troy and younger sister Taylor were also goaltenders.
The Oceanic finished No. 3 in the QMJHL's Eastern Conference last season with a 44-20-4 record. After sweeping the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the first round and eliminating the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles in five games in the second round, the Oceanic were swept in the semi-final round by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, the eventual Memorial Cup champions.
In addition to Crosby, notable NHL alumni who played for the Oceanic include Sebastien Caron, Eric Belanger, Michael Frolik, Frederik Gauthier, Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, and Michel Ouellet.