It's been a historic year for the Raptors and that history-making streak the team is on is continuing with a special award. The Toronto Raptors are the Canadian Press team of the year for the first time ever. This award is the perfect way to cap off an amazing year full of big wins, national excitement and a league championship.\nWith 2019 coming to a close, the Raptors and fans of the team will be sad to see it go because of how incredible it was.\nIt was a year of firsts for the team including winning their first Eastern Conference title, playing in the NBA Finals for the first time, winning their first championship and being the first team based outside the U.S. to win that championship trophy.\nNow the Raptors can add winning their first-ever Canadian Press team of the year award to that list.\n"The entire country rallied around the Raptors. Million-plus celebration in downtown Toronto. And really, a remarkable feat," said Phil King, The Globe and Mail's sports design editor, to The Canadian Press.\nThe Raptors beat out Canada's Davis Cup tennis team which was the runner-up at the tournament and gold medal winners at world beach volleyball championships Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan for the award.\nView this post on Instagram Board man gets champagne! A post shared by Toronto Raptors (@raptors) on Jun 13, 2019 at 10:13pm PDT\nWith their 2019 championship win, the Raptors became the first Canadian team to win a title in any of the four major sports leagues in North American since the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993.\nThrough their historic run in the post-season, the Raptors cemented their place in Canadian sports history.\n"Not only did they win the battles on the court, they also won the hearts and minds of Canadians coast to coast, becoming the first team outside the U.S. to win the NBA title," said George Browne, The Globe and Mail's lead of special projects.\nFirst they won the championship, then the Canadian Press award. On top of it, it was almost a unanimous win with 61 out of the 67 press people polled across the country voting for them.\nAfter finding out about the award win and the fact that almost all the votes went in favour of the Raptors, people took to Twitter to say that it should've been a unanimous Raptors win.\nFire the other 6 people. They don’t deserve to have a vote.— AmanRandhawa (@_randh4wa_) December 28, 2019\nThe 6 should have their membership revoked and be forced to watch poker on TV.— Queens Fort (@Bellyhungry) December 28, 2019\nLol at the vote for beach volleyball over the raptors— Jay (@Turf_Rat1) December 28, 2019\nHow this vote wasn’t unanimous I’ll never know. Every person that voted for someone else needs to have their voting privileges revoked immediately— sebastian antonio (@sebastianantonx) December 28, 2019\nWho else would win? Major pro sports is what people care about and the country has been losing since the early 90s.— Ryan Nowlan (@noles506) December 28, 2019\nEven if you're not a basketball fan, you'll probably remember where you were when Kawhi Leonard's shot bounced on the rim before finally dropping in the basket to send the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals and when the team won the championship.\nNick Nurse said that this award really shows how Canada was "captivated by the Raptors."\nSince this is the first time the team has ever won the award, he said it's "another first for the Raptors — and I think a really cool time for basketball in Canada."\nIt truly was a great year for the Raptors, Toronto and even all of Canada.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.