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Crosby Named Maclean's Newsmaker of the Year

by Michelle Crechiolo / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby joins the ranks of President Barack Obama with his newest honor: Maclean’s magazine has named the Penguins captain their newsmaker of the year.

“Maclean’s is a pretty big magazine, it’s special just to win it,” Crosby said when asked about his award. “It’s nice to be recognized for that for sure.”

The weekly affairs magazine says Crosby was chosen for his gold medal-winning overtime goal against the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Maclean’s, Canada's equivalent of Time magazine, states that Crosby's tally was on a “higher plane” than the wars, natural disasters and political upheavals of 2010.

Maclean’s says the goal united Canadians and dwarfed Crosby's other achievements. And that’s saying a lot, as the 23-year-old Cole Harbour, N.S. native already has a Stanley Cup, the Hart Trophy (MVP), the Art Ross Trophy (scoring champion), the “Rocket” Richard Trophy (goal-scoring champion) and Lester B. Pearson Award (outstanding player as voted by peers) on his resume in just five NHL seasons.

Crosby continues to lead all players in voting for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, scheduled for Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.  He has been voted a starter in each of the past three All-Star games (2007, ’08 and ’09).

Maclean’s named five newsmakers in 2009: Barack and Michelle Obama, Jim Balsillie, Michael Jackson and Angela Merkel. In 2008, President Obama was the lone honoree.
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