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Pittsburgh Penguins are back-to-back Google search champs

Aaron Aupperlee
| Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, the Conn Smythe winner, holds the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, the Conn Smythe winner, holds the Stanley Cup on Sunday, June 12, 2016, at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

It was back-to-back years as the top searched hockey team for the back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.

The Pittsburgh Penguins, again, were the top trending NHL team on Google in 2017, the search engine and team announced Thursday.

The Penguins also topped Google search trends in 2016.

Sidney Crosby was the top trending player for the second straight year, the team said. Jake Guentzel and Matt Murray also ranked high in 2017.

Hurricane Irma was the top search of the year , followed by iPhone 8, iPhone X, Matt Lauer and Meghan Markle.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the eighth most searched professional sports team among U.S. googlers. The New York Yankees topped that list, followed by the Houston Astros.

Globally, Wimbledon was the most searched sporting event, followed by the Super Bowl and the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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