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Mavericks' Nash wins Conacher ; Hoopster surprised to be chosen over 'great' hockey players Flames' Iginla finishes second in annual poll of country's athletes
[Ontario Edition]
Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont.
Author: Davidson, Neil
Date: Dec 27, 2002
Start Page: B.05
Section: SPORTS
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In addition to Iginla, [Marc Gagnon], [Mario Lemieux] and [Eric Gagne], first-place ballots also went to diver Alexandre Despatie, tennis player Daniel Nestor, boxer Eric Lucas, triathlete Simon Whitfield, baseball's Corey Koskie and Larry Walker, and hockey's Joe Sakic, Jose Theodore and Steve Yzerman.

"I'm sure I never really envisioned a basketball player being athlete of the year over a hockey player, that's for sure," [Steve Nash] said from Dallas. "I'm very proud of our Canadian hockey players and very proud that hockey is such a big part of our culture in Canada.

Nash was actually born in South Africa, where his father played pro soccer, but he grew up in Victoria where he played soccer, hockey and lacrosse before eventually settling on basketball.

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