Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has been named the recipient of the 2017 Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year Award for 2017.
Crosby and the Penguins pulled off something that was thought to be impossible in the NHL’s salary cap era, a Stanley Cup repeat in 2017, following up their 2016 championship in remarkable fashion. As a result, Crosby is once again Pittsburgh’s most decorated athlete. This is Crosby’s third time receiving the award, an award established by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette way back in 1936. He’ll be officially recognized at the annual Dapper Dan Banquet on February 21st.
According to the Post Gazette’s Sam Werner, Crosby was introduced to the Pittsburgh media at a Dapper Dan Banqet back when he was a fresh faced teenager. Penguins veteran Mark Recchi, now an assistant coach with the team, introduced Crosby and the rest is history.
Upon receiving the honor yesterday, Crosby reflected back on his early days with the Penguins. “It has really made me think back a bit,” Crosby said. “I didn’t know if we were going to Kansas City. There were so many things that could’ve gone different ways.
“Here we are, these young guys. Geno, Tanger, Flower, Staalsy. We were just trying to see what we could do, see if we could meet the expectations.”
In the time that’s passed Crosby has won three Stanley Cups and has a trophy case at home that would make Penguins legend Mario Lemieux blush. Crosby arrived in Pittsburgh as a top prospect, he’ll leave as one of the game’s all-time greats.
Congrats Sid on being named the Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year for 2017! Well deserved and well earned!