TORONTO: Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau was honored as Canada's male athlete of the year by The Canadian Press on Sunday. He beat out Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby for the Lionel Conacher Award.
The first baseman from New Westminster, British Columbia, had a .300 average, 23 home runs and 129 RBIs last season.
"Any time you can beat out a hockey player in anything in Canada, it's an accomplishment," Morneau said. "It's pretty cool."
He received 99 points in a survey of the country's sports editors and broadcasters. Crosby, the 2007 winner, was second with 82 points.