Pens’ Crosby caps week with another honor
No matter what Sidney Crosby goes on to accomplish in his NHL career, chances are he will never experience a week quite like this past one.
After being named as the youngest captain in NHL history on Thursday, Crosby was awarded the Art Ross Trophy in Ottawa on Saturday prior to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals between the Senators and the Anaheim Ducks.
Crosby, 19, is the youngest winner of the Art Ross Trophy, which is earned by leading the league in scoring during the regular season. Crosby totaled 120 points this past season.
“It’s been a fun few days,” Crosby said.
Henri Richard, the Montreal Canadiens legend and an 11-time Stanley Cup winner, presented the award to Crosby during a ceremony that also honored Tampa Bay’s Vincent Lecavalier with the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy (leading goal scorer).
Lecavalier, who had been the youngest captain in NHL history before Crosby, scored 52 goals in 2006-07.
“He’s doing everything right, and he’s just going to get better and better,” Lecavalier said of Crosby. “I can’t imagine how good he’s going to be when he is 26 or 27 years old.”
Despite finishing sixth in the league in scoring race as a rookie, Crosby said taking the title was not an objective heading into his sophomore season.
“You want to contribute and do well, help your team every night,” Crosby said. “This is something that comes with hard work. If you worry about (the Art Ross Trophy) it’s not going to come your way.”
Also receiving awards yesterday were Minnesota Wild goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Manny Fernandez. They won the William M. Jennings Trophy for helping the Wild allow a league-low 191 goals.
Crosby is a finalist for the Hart Trophy, awarded to the league’s most valuable player, and the Lester B. Pearson Award, the MVP as voted by the players’ association. Those and other NHL awards will be presented in Toronto on June 14.
The Penguins will be well represented at that event. Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal are finalists for the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, and Michael Therrien is a candidate for the Jack Adams Award, which is presented to the league’s top coach.