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NHLPA MEMBERS SELECT SIDNEY CROSBY AS THE 2006-07 LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD RECIPIENT

Friday, 06.15.2007 / 12:25 PM / News
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NHLPA MEMBERS SELECT SIDNEY CROSBY AS THE 2006-07 LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD RECIPIENT

TORONTO (June 14, 2007) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Thursday night announced Sidney Crosby as the recipient of the 2006-07 Lester B. Pearson Award, recognizing the “most outstanding player” during the regular season as voted by members of the NHLPA.


The Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, a devoted hockey historian and tremendous fan of the game, presented the Pearson trophy to Crosby at the NHL Awards Show in Toronto, Ontario. The two Lester B. Pearson Award runner-ups, Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, were also in attendance.

SIDNEY CROSBY

Crosby, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada, appeared in 79 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, securing the NHL’s top spot for points (120), power play assists (48) and power play points (61). In only his second season, the 19-year-old has taken the NHL by storm, becoming the youngest player to ever post back-to-back 100 point seasons, and securing the team’s first playoff appearance since 2001. At just 19 years of age, Crosby becomes the youngest player to win the Lester B. Pearson Award, surpassing a 21-year-old Wayne Gretzky in 1981-82. Crosby also represents the Penguins’ third Pearson recipient (Lemieux, Jagr), which ties them with the New York Rangers (Ratelle, Messier, Jagr) as the only two clubs to have three players win the Pearson in their respective jerseys.

The Lester B. Pearson Award, named after the former Prime Minister of Canada, has been voted on by the players since the 1970-71 season when Phil Esposito was the inaugural recipient. When Mark Messier reflected upon his career and was asked what he was most proud of, he said: "The Lester B. Pearson Award to me is one of the nicest awards I've ever won. You get selected by your peers as the top player in the league."

In recognition of being named the 2007 Lester B. Pearson Award recipient, Sidney Crosby was presented with an elegant men’s watch from Breitling.

In honor of the Lester B. Pearson nominees’ outstanding seasons, the NHLPA's Goals & Dreams fund will be allocating a total of $40,000 dollars to the grassroots hockey programs selected by Crosby, Luongo and Lecavalier. Crosby has designated his hometown Cole Harbour Minor Hockey Association; Luongo has designated the Canucks for Kids Fund, and Lecavalier has selected the Rimouski Minor Hockey Association.

The NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund has donated more than $15 million to grassroots hockey programs around the world, making it the largest program of its kind. Launched in 1999 as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love, Goals & Dreams has donated full sets of equipment to over 8,500 underprivileged children in 17 countries. In addition, 90 ice re-surfacers and 110 sets of boards and glass were provided to community arenas in small towns in Europe and North America. Funds are allocated on a pro-rated basis according to the nationalities of the NHLPA’s membership.

Fans and media are encouraged to visit www.nhlpa.com to view multimedia features, further background information on the Lester B. Pearson Award, in-depth Finalist profiles, and the results of McFarlane Toys’ Lester B. Pearson Contest and Prizes.

2006/2007 Lester B. Pearson Recipient

SIDNEY CROSBY

Height: 5’11”
Weight: 193 lbs.
Shoots: Left
Age: 19
Born: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
Date of Birth: 08/07/1987
Entry: Selected 1st Round, 1st Overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2005 Entry Draft
Career Achievements:
Art Ross Trophy winner (2007)
Hart Trophy nominee (2007)
Youngest player to reach 100 points, at 18 years, 253 days (2006)
Fifth highest rookie scoring total with 102 points (2006)
Two-time CHL Player of the Year (2004, 2005)

 

HISTORY OF LESTER B. PEARSON AWARD WINNERS

2006-07

Sidney Crosby

Pittsburgh Penguins

2005-06

Jaromir Jagr

New York Rangers

2003-04

Martin St. Louis

Tampa Bay Lightning

2002-03

Markus Naslund

Vancouver Canucks

2001-02

Jarome Iginla

Calgary Flames

2000-01

Joe Sakic

Colorado Avalanche

1999-00

Jaromir Jagr

Pittsburgh Penguins

1998-99

Jaromir Jagr

Pittsburgh Penguins

1997-98

Dominik Hasek

Buffalo Sabres

1996-97

Dominik Hasek

Buffalo Sabres

1995-96

Mario Lemieux

Pittsburgh Penguins

1994-95

Eric Lindros

Philadelphia Flyers

1993-94

Sergei Fedorov

Detroit Red Wings

1992-93

Mario Lemieux

Pittsburgh Penguins

1991-92

Mark Messier

New York Rangers

1990-91

Brett Hull

St. Louis Blues

1989-90

Mark Messier

Edmonton Oilers

1988-89

Steve Yzerman

Detroit Red Wings

1987-88

Mario Lemieux

Pittsburgh Penguins

1986-87

Wayne Gretzky

Edmonton Oilers

1985-86

Mario Lemieux

Pittsburgh Penguins

1984-85

Wayne Gretzky

Edmonton Oilers

1983-84

Wayne Gretzky

Edmonton Oilers

1982-83

Wayne Gretzky

Edmonton Oilers

1981-82

Wayne Gretzky

Edmonton Oilers

1980-81

Mike Liut

St. Louis Blues

1979-80

Marcel Dionne

Los Angeles Kings

1978-79

Marcel Dionne

Los Angeles Kings

1977-78

Guy Lafleur

Montreal Canadiens

1976-77

Guy Lafleur

Montreal Canadiens

1975-76

Guy Lafleur

Montreal Canadiens

1974-75

Bobby Orr

Boston Bruins

1973-74

Phil Esposito

Boston Bruins

1972-73

Bobby Clarke

Philadelphia Flyers

1971-72

Jean Ratelle

New York Rangers

1970-71

Phil Esposito

Boston Bruins

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