Sidney Crosby has recently been named the winner of the 2007 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete after he became the youngest player to win an NHL scoring title. The trophy, named after a former sports editor at the Toronto Star, was first being presented in 1936 to Dr. Philip Edwards (who won five career Olympic medals in middle distance track), and every year it has honoured the greatest athletes in Canada.
What is unique about this award is that it doesn’t discriminate, it can be won by man or woman, amateur athlete or professional star, new kid on the block or experienced veteran. The trophy is voted on each year by a panel of journalists from across the country.
Past NHL players who have also been recgonized with this reward have included Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Maurice Richard, Phil Esposito, Bobby Clarke, Guy Lafleur and Bobby Orr. Wayne Gretzky has won the Lou Marsh Trophy four times, more than any other athlete.