Canada votes Nash male athlete of the year

Updated: December 26, 2006, 7:27 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, the NBA MVP the last two seasons, was honored Tuesday as the Canadian male athlete of the year.

Steve Nash

He received The Lionel Conacher Award as the top vote-getter in a survey by The Canadian Press and Broadcast News. Nash beat out fellow MVPs Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins and Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks in balloting of sports editors and broadcasters across Canada.

"It's incredible, I suppose," Nash said. "Somehow I believe though that they just pulled my name from a hat because there's no way I'm more deserving than those guys. I imagine it was just the luck of the draw."

Nash, who is from Victoria, British, Columbia, also won this award in 2002 and 2005.

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