The accolades keep on coming for Ontario's Joey Votto. I am very pleased and frankly astounded to tell you that Votto has been named the 2010 Lou Marsh Award winner, which is presented each year to Canada's top athlete by a committee of journalists and broadcasters chaired by former Canadian rower Silken Laumann. Last year it was won by Sidney Crosby.
I knew that Votto would be part of the conversation, but in an Olympic year, I didn't think he had a chance. The award has also only been won by Canadian baseball players on two previous occasions. Larry Walker won the award in 1998, and hall of famer Ferguson Jenkins in 1974.
Other finalists for this year's award were Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Scott Virtue and Tesse Moir, Georges St-Pierre, Alexandre Bilodeau, Christine Nesbitt and Joannie Rochette.
Once again congratulations on a terrific year Joey. I hope you have a large trophy case.