Victoria BC native Steve Nash has been awarded the Lou Marsh Award as Canadian Athlete of the Year for 2005. The Toronto Star and the elected voting panel awarded Nash the distinction in a unanimous decision announced Thursday in Toronto. The Phoenix Suns point guard was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player last season after leading his team to the Western Conference Championship. He finished the 2004-05 season with just under 200 assists more than the next closest challenger, and in doing so, turned a non-playoff team into the highest scoring group in the league.
A strong supporter of youth basketball in Canada, Nash adopted the developmental program the Grizzlies abandoned when they moved the team from Vancouver to Memphis before the 2001-02 season.
Nash’s unanimous decision as the Lou Marsh recipient comes as a bit of a surprise to Leaf’s fans following Eric Lindros’ and Jason Allison’s resurgence with the Blue and White… Not to mention Darcy Tucker’s thirteen goals.