St. Pierre wins Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year

Welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who went 2-0 this year in defending his welterweight title, emerged as the people’s choice in winning his third straight Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year. At 29 years of age St-Pierre is regarded as the best pound for pound fighter as he sports an impressive 21-2 record. “Winning the Rogers Sportsnet Canadian Athlete of the Year award for the third time means a lot to me, St-Pierre said. This year there were a lot of nominees that I really respect, so I am honoured that the fans chose me.” The voting took place over a 16 day period as a total of 16 Canadian athletes including Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Phoenix Suns Steve Nash were also considered. “The format of the voting process was changed over previous years and GSP had the most difficult path to winning, but it didn’t matter, he was still able to win,” said Nelson Millman, Executive Producer, Rogers Sportsnet. “Dana White claims GSP is now more popular world wide than Wayne Gretzky, and once again MMA fans showed their passion and loyalty to one of their champions.”

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