Crosby had previously (co-)claimed the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring champion after posting a career-high 51 goals in the 2009-10 season.
Crosby later added his first Mark Messier Leadership Award, which recognizes a superior leader in hockey and as a contributing member of society.
"(Messier) is the guy that you think of when you think of leadership on and off the ice with the type of person that he is," Crosby said. "It's a real honor for him to select me for that award. I really appreciate that.
"It's an area where you're never going to stop learning. Being a young captain, that's encouraging."
At the young age of 22, Crosby now has six awards in his trophy case. The Richard and Messier will soon sit next to the Art Ross (scoring champion), Hart (league MVP), Ted Lindsay (best player as voted by his peers) and, of course, the most precious metal of all – the Stanley Cup.
The Messier Awards honors an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.
Crosby completed yet another spectacular season for Pittsburgh. As well as leading the league with 51 goals (tying Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos), Crosby placed second in the league with 109 points.
On top of that, he scored the decisive goal in overtime to give Team Canada the gold medal in the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament.