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Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been named the winner of this year™s Lou Marsh Trophy honouring Canada™s top athlete.The 20-year-old centre from Cole Harbour, N.S., in just his third season with the Penguins, won the NHL™s scoring championship last season and the Art Ross Trophy that goes with that distinction, as well as the Hart Trophy for league MVP and the Pearson Award for top player voted on by his playing peers.

œWinning this award is obviously a tremendous honour and I™m humbled by it,” Crosby said in a statement released by the Penguins.
“To receive an award that’s been won by guys like Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky and other great Canadian athletes says it all. Growing up in Cole Harbour, you don’t even think of things like this — being named Canada’s athlete of the year.”

Sid failed to mention that prior winners have also included banned-4-life Ben Johnson, Greg Maddux-lookalike Jacques Villenuve, baseballers Fergie Jenkins and Larry Walker, and Tony Kornheiser stroke target Jamie Sale.

Though Crosby had a pair of assists in Pittsburgh’s 8-2 loss in Philadelphia last night, R.J. Umberger’s hat trick might have a profound impact on the balloting for the Pittsburgh-born-athlete-of-the-past-24 hours awards.