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Crosby Is Canada's Athlete Of Year

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby won a scoring title and earned MVP honors.

Now, he’s Canada’s top athlete.

Crosby was named the winner of this year’s Lou Marsh Award by a panel comprised of sports editors, broadcasters and sports personalities

Crosby, only 20, is the first hockey player since the Penguins’ Mario Lemieux in 1993 to win the Lou Marsh Award.

“Winning this award is obviously a tremendous honor and I’m humbled by it. To receive an award that’s been won by guys like Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky and other great Canadian athletes says it all,” Crosby said. “Growing up in Cole Harbour, you don’t even think of things like this – being named Canada’s athlete of the year. At the same time, I just want to keep improving and help my team and thank everyone involved in awarding me with this honor.”

Last season, at age 19 years, eight months, the Nova Scotia became the youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy as the scoring champion with 120 points (36+84) in 79 games. And, Crosby is the youngest scoring champion in any major professional sport. He is the only teenager to win the Art Ross Trophy in league history. The next-youngest was Wayne Gretzky, who won the title at 20 years and 3 months of age at the conclusion of the 1980-81 season.

In addition, Crosby is the second-youngest player to win the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP and youngest to claim the Lester B. Pearson Award as the “most outstanding player” during the regular season as voted by members of the NHLPA.

At 19 years, 10 months, Crosby is the second-youngest Hart Trophy winner in the history of the award, which was introduced in 1924. Wayne Gretzky was 19 years, 5 months old in 1979-80 when he captured the first of eight consecutive Hart Trophies with the Edmonton Oilers.

The Lou Marsh Award was first awarded in 1936 in the name of Marsh, the longtime editor of the Toronto Star and a former NHL and boxing referee.

Representatives from the Toronto Star, The Canadian Press, the FAN590/Primetime Sports, Toronto Globe and Mail, CBC, Sportsnet, CTV/TSN, Montreal La Presse and the National Post took part in the selection process this year.

In addition, Crosby was named Sportsnet’s Canadian Athlete of the Year.

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