Crosby wins second Lou Marsh Award

Updated: December 16, 2009, 9:03 AM ET news services

Sidney Crosby has been honored for the second time as Canada's athlete of the year.

Crosby, who led the Pittsburgh Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup, was named the winner of the Lou Marsh Award on Tuesday. He also won the award, which is chosen by a panel of Canadian sports journalists, in 2007.

"I realize this is an individual award, but without the effort of our team we wouldn't have won the Stanley Cup and the year would not have been as special as it turned out to be," Crosby said before Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He went on to score a goal and assist two others in the Penguins' 6-1 win over their cross-state rivals.

Crosby, 22, was chosen over five other finalists: Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns; skier John Kucera, who won the downhill at the 2009 World Championships; speedskater Christine Nesbitt; tennis doubles specialist Daniel Nestor; and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.

"I feel fortunate to have won this award in 2007 and appreciate the honor this year," Crosby said. "To be selected among all the other great Canadian athletes is very special to me."

The Lou Marsh Award is named for the late sports editor of The Toronto Star and has been awarded since 1936.