Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby won the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in the NHL to cap the league’s annual awards ceremonies Thursday night.
The 19-year-old native of Cole Harbour, N.S., got 91 first-place votes and 1,225 points in a poll of Professional Hockey Writers’ Association members.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was second with 25 first-place votes and 801 points, and New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur was third with 21 first-place votes and 763 points.
Crosby is the youngest Hart winner since Wayne Gretzky in 1980.
Crosby became the youngest player in NHL history to win the Art Ross Trophy as scoring champion after amassing 120 points during the regular season.
The night began with his NHL Players’ Association peers giving him the Lester Pearson Award as most outstanding player.
He’s only the seventh player in league history to pull off the Ross-Pearson-Hart triple.
Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe handed Crosby the Hart, which Howe won six times. Howe recalled meeting Crosby when he was a boy.
“Don’t change,” Howe told the kid. “He looked up at me and took in every word like a sponge.”
Crosby’s next goal is to win the Stanley Cup, but he’ll savour his big night of awards.
“There’s something above and beyond this I want to achieve but these are great honours,” he said.