The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby has been named the top athlete under the age of 25 by Sporting News magazine.
“25 Under 25: SN’s List of Best Young Athletes” appears in the June 21 edition of the magazine.
The Sporting News panel considered 100 accomplished young athletes from seven different sports before trimming the list to 50 and then the final 25.
Athletes were judged on major stats; championships to which they’d made major contributions; buzz factor; and age.
Crosby, who is 22 years old, was ranked no. 1, followed by Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic (24); Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder (21); Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans (24); and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (24).
“Sometimes we take for granted what Sidney Crosby has accomplished without realizing just how young he still is,” said Sporting News chief of correspondents Bob Hille, who coordinated the package that was months in the making. “It’s amazing that he’s still only 22. Just as amazing, as the Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier told us, is “he’s still improving as a player. If that’s possible.’ “
Crosby will receive the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal-scorer at the 2010 NHL Awards show in Las Vegas Wednesday. Last season he became the youngest captain in NHL history to lead his team to the Stanley Cup.