It was a big night for Nico Hischier at the QMJHL’s Golden Puck Awards on Wednesday evening in Quebec City as the Mooseheads superstar rookie walked away with two individual trophies and was named to the Rookie All-Star Team along with teammates Jared McIsaac and Alex Gravel.
Hischier was honoured as the QMJHL Rookie of the Year after scoring 38 goals and 48 assists for a total of 86 points. That total was just one back of Maxime Fortier for the team lead and was also 23 points better than the next closest rookie in the league. The Naters, Switzerland native is expected to be drafted in the top two of the upcoming NHL Entry Draft which made him a shoe-in for the Michael Bossy Trophy as the Top Professional Prospect.
There was another special moment for the Mooseheads during the Golden Pucks Gala as former goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere was inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame. During his speech he thanked his billet family, former coaches Clem Jodoin and Shawn MacKenzie, trainer Chris McQuaid and “the great fans in Halifax.”
Giguere played with the Mooseheads from 1994 to 1997, posting 68 regular season wins and another 13 in the playoffs. He went on to play for the Hartford Whalers, Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche in the NHL. He won a Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Ducks and also won the Conn Smythe Trophy in a losing cause with Anaheim in 2003.