ESPN announced its nominees for the 2010 ESPY Awards on Thursday afternoon and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby
is going to need your vote.
Crosby, fresh off of capturing the Mark Messier Leadership Award and the Rocket Richard Trophy at the National Hockey League awards show on Wednesday, received nominations for two ESPYS, including Best NHL Player and Castrol Edge Performance Under Pressure Award.
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, as voting has already begun on ESPN.com.
Crosby is currently the three-time defending champion of the Best NHL Player category. The Penguins have won this award in six of the 16 years it has been handed out. In addition to Crosby’s three titles, Penguins Hall of Fame owner Mario Lemieux also took home three Best NHL Player ESPYS (1993, ’94 and ’98).
The 22-year-old superstar will battle Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin and Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos for the award.
Crosby was nominated for the Edge Performance Award after scoring the overtime game-winning goal to lift Team Canada to a 3-2 victory over the United States in the Gold Medal Game at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Among nominees Crosby will face in the Edge Performance Under Pressure Award are Major League Baseball player Johnny Damon for his role in helping the New York Yankees capture Game 4 of the 2009 World Series, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre for his performance in his return to Green Bay and Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasberg’s MLB debut where he struck out 14 batters against the Pirates earlier in June.
Additionally, the Olympic Gold Medal Game between Canada and the United States is up for the Best Game Award. It’s competition includes Duke’s back-and-forth victory over Butler in the NCAA Basketball championship game and the Minnesota Twins extra-innings defeat of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central one-game playoff.
The ESPYS will be televised live on ESPN on Wednesday, July 14 at 9 p.m. Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” will be hosting.