Sidney Crosby added another trophy to his mantle on Wednesday night when he won his eighth ESPY Award as the Best NHL Player. The honor was declared amid the 25th commemoration ESPYs Show, which was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
The acronym ESPY remains for Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award. ESPYs recognize individual and team athletic achievement and other sports-related performance during the calendar year preceding a given annual ceremony. ESPY awards are voted on by the fans.
Crosby won the ESPY for Best NHL Player for the second-in a row year. He has additionally won already from 2007-10 and 2013-14.
Crosby beat out the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Notwithstanding winning the ESPY for Best NHL Player, Crosby was one of only four finalists for the esteemed Best Male Athlete grant, which was won by Russell Westbrook of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
Other than Crosby and Westbrook, different finalists for Best Male Athlete included Chicago Cubs’ third baseman Kris Bryant and Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps.
The Penguins were a finalist for the last honor of the night, Best Team, which went to the Golden State Warriors.
Crosby’s eight ESPYs for Best NHL Player are the most by a person since the awards show debuted in 1993. Penguins’ owner Mario Lemieux has the second-most ESPYs with three. The only other players with multiple ESPYs are Hall of Fame goalie Dominik Hasek and former Penguins’ winger Jarome Iginla, with two each.