Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby laughs while speaking to reporters during a press conference in Halifax on Wednesday.
Crosby beat out Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews, Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
Crosby, as was the case at the National Hockey League awards show in June, didn't come away with every honor for which he was nominated, though. He also took home the honours in 2016, 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby wins eighth ESPY Award as best NHL player
After watching their club snag the Stanley Cup for the second straight year, the Penguins faithful took to Twitter to call for a new version of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr's well-known back-to-back photo, taken after the former teammates earned their consecutive wins in the early 90's.
The Penguins beat the Nashville Predators in the final in six games for Crosby's third career Stanley Cup.
While the parallels were drawn long ago - Crosby becoming yet another stoic, Canadian captain persevering through injuries, with Malkin the slick-handed European dynamo - the past two seasons have made such comparisons entirely unavoidable, as the Penguins once again earned back-to-back championships with their star duo leading the way. Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris of Regina was named best male action athlete.