Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has gotten a lot of deserved recognition in the hockey world for his dominant performance this past season, but on Wednesday he was recognized by the entire sports world.
Crosby won the 2013 ESPY Award for Best NHL Player at the awards show in Los Angeles, beating out fellow nominees Henrik Lundqvist, Alex Ovechkin, Martin St. Louis and John Tavares. It’s Crosby’s fifth ESPY Award (he won his first four in a row from 2007-10), which is the most of any NHL player since the awards were created in 1993. Penguins owner Mario Lemieux ranks second behind Crosby with three ESPYs.
Winners were determined by online fan voting.
Crosby’s ESPY Award comes after a season where he was running away with the scoring title before suffering a broken jaw on March 30 that ended his regular season prematurely.
Despite missing the final 12 regular-season games, he still finished the year ranked third (tied) in scoring with 56 points (15G-41A). At the time of the injury, Crosby held a 10-point lead in the scoring race over Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos. It took 25 days before St. Louis, the eventual Art Ross Trophy winner, finally passed him for good on April 24.
Crosby was rewarded for his dominance with the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the league’s “most outstanding player” as voted by all the NHL players. It was his second career trophy and first since 2006-07.
Crosby, who was named the Penguins team MVP, was also named an NHL First-Team All-Star for the second time in his career and first since 2006-07 (he was also chosen as the Second-Team center in 2010).