Crosby winner again

Sporting News' pick young Penguins center as player of the year

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In what is becoming a pattern, Penguins center Sidney Crosby was named player of the year by the Sporting News in a vote among National Hockey League players.

Crosby, 19, who won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL scoring leader for 2006-07 with 120 points, received 110 of 210 votes from his peers. He also was named the magazine's All-Star center.

NHL players voted Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin the Sporting News rookie of the year. He garnered 121 of 210 votes after getting 85 points as a 20-year-old first-year NHL player.

The Penguins' Michel Therrien finished second to Nashville's Barry Trotz in coach of the year voting, which was a poll of league coaches.

Crosby earlier was named the top player by The Hockey News.

The NHL season awards will be announced during the league's annual soiree June 14 in Toronto. Crosby, Malkin and Therrien are finalists.


Shelly Anderson can be reached at shanderson@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1721.


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