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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby is one of seven candidates for the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year.

Crosby, the Penguins’ 19-year-old center, enjoyed a successful rookie season in which he became the youngest player in history to record 100 points. He finished with 102.

He’s continued his mastery during his sophomore season this year. He leads all players in scoring with 72 points (24+48) in 43 games. He became the second teenager in NHL history to lead the league in scoring when his six-point game against Philadelphia on Dec. 13 put him at the top of the pack. He has not relinquished his lead, either.

The only other teenager to hold the NHL lead in points at any time in the league’s modern era was Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky, briefly near the end of the 1979-80 season and early in the 1980-81 campaign.

Also, Crosby led all NHL players in scoring for the calendar year of 2006 with 118 points (37+81) in 78 games. As an 18-year-old rookie, Crosby tallied 60 points (20+40) in 44 games from January-April. In his sophomore campaign this season, the 19-year-old added 58 points (17+41) in 34 games from October to December. In addition, his 81 assists ranked second in 2006.

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The Dapper Dan Charities executive committee will select the Sportsman & Sportswoman of the Year from the top vote-getters. The winners will be honored at the 71st annual Dapper Dan Dinner & Sports Auction on Sunday, April 15, at the Convention Center along with Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dan Rooney.


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