Sidney Crosby received the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year award Sunday night, becoming the youngest recipient in the 71-year history of the prestigious charity event.
Crosby was honored along with WNBA star Swin Cash (Sportswoman of the Year) and Steelers chairman Dan Rooney (Lifetime Achievement Award) in a gala affair at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
Penguins winger Mark Recchi made the official presentation to Crosby before a crowd of more than 1,000, which gave the 19-year-old NHL scoring champion a standing ovation.
Crosby congratulated Cash and Rooney, thanked the fans for their enthusiastic support and wrapped up his acceptance speech by saying, “Hopefully, we can bring you, the fans, a Stanley Cup.”
Others representing the Penguins at the dinner were general manager Ray Shero, head coach Michel Therrien, assistant coaches Andre Savard and Mike Yeo, club executives Ken Sawyer and David Morehouse and broadcasters Phil Bourque, Bob Errey and Paul Steigerwald.
The event raises money for Dapper Dan Charities, which supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.
Crosby is the third Penguins player to win the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year award, joining Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr.