A bit of a surprise, as figure skater Patrick Chan has been named Canada’s Male Athlete of the Year. He becomes just the third figure skater to ever win the Lionel Conacher Award, joining Elvis Stojko and Kurt Browning.
At first I thought “Patrick Chan?” But he did have a good 2011, with an undefeated season, including winning his first world title. The 20-year-old was the overwhelming winner in the agency’s balloting of sports editors and broadcasters from across the country.
Second in the balloting was tennis player Milos Raonic, followed by U-F-C star Georges St-Pierre, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and skier Erik Guay.