Stanley Cup champion Sidney Crosby was presented with the Order of Nova Scotia on Tuesday.
Premier Darrell Dexter and Lt.-Gov. Mayann Francis made the presentation to the Cole Harbour native at a ceremony at Province House.
Crosby, the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the youngest person to receive the Order of Nova Scotia.
"Sidney is a true inspiration for Nova Scotians, especially for our young people," said Dexter.
Crosby was unavailable for the investiture ceremony in October 2008 because of his schedule with the Penguins. He was one of six recipients in 2008 selected by the Order of Nova Scotia Advisory Council from 68 nominations from across the province.
Crosby led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup, topping the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in the final. He also led the NHL playoffs with 15 goals.
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