Pittsburg Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby has been named as the best player in the NHL, at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.

Crosby beat off competition from Henrik Lundqvist, Alexander Ovechkin, Martin St. Louis and John Tavares to win the prestigious award.

It is a fully deserved accolade too. The 25-year-old has been in fine form this season – posting 56 points in 36 gams – as he helped the Penguins achieve the greatest record in the Eastern Conference during the lockout-shortened season.

He played a total of 50 games this season, in the play-offs and the regular season, and managed 22 goals and 49 assists in the process.

The ESPYS are awarded to the leading sporting stars in America and are voted for by sportswriters, broadcasters, sports executives and sportspersons.

Amongst the other award winners were Serena Williams, – who took home two awards for Best Female Athlete and Best Female Tennis Player– Floyd Mayweather – who won the Best Fighter trophy - and Colin Kaepernick – who was named as the Best Breakthrough Athlete.

 

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