of the Penguins was named winner of the 2009 ESPY as the Best NHL Player for the third consecutive year at the annual ESPN awards event held Wednesday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.
Crosby, 21, became the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to the Stanley Cup when the Penguins upended the defending champion Detroit Red Wings in seven games in June. Crosby, who also won the Best NHL Player honor in 2007 and 2008, was the NHL’s leading goal-scorer in the playoffs (15) and finished second in points (31). During the regular season, he finished third in the NHL scoring race with 103 points, despite missing five games to injury.
Crosby’s career average of 1.29 points-per-game in the playoffs now ranks third in NHL history behind only Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux (minimum 40 games played). He also tied an NHL playoff record by scoring the first goal of a game six times.
Other finalists were teammate Evgeni Malkin
, Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin and Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk.
The ESPY winners are determined by fans in an online vote
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma was a finalist for Best Coach (all sports) and the Penguins were a finalist for Best Team (all sports).
ESPN aired an edited version of the 2009 ESPYs Sunday night.