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Mooseheads earn some hardware at Golden Puck Awards

Vincent Ethier / LHJMQ

2018-04-04

The Golden Puck Awards, presented annually by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, were held this evening at L’Étoile Banque Nationale in Brossard, QC. Twelve prestigious trophies were awarded to most deserving players and personalities of the 2017-2018 season.

Filip Zadina of the Halifax Mooseheads was honoured with the Michael Bossy Trophy for Top Professional Prospect by defeating Drummondville’s Joe Veleno and Noah Dobson of Acadie-Bathurst for the award. It’s the fifth time in the last six years that a member of the Mooseheads has won the award following Nico Hischier last season, Timo Meier in 2015, Nikolaj Ehlers in 2014 and Jonathan Drouin in 2013.

The Czech Republic native is widely considered to be a top 3 pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft following a fantastic rookie season with Halifax that saw Zadina score 44 goals, 38 assists and 82 points. The Mooseheads made him the 11th overall selection in the 2017 CHL Import Draft and he immediately became a driving force on offence. He looks to become the sixth Mooseheads player to be taken in the top 10 of the NHL Draft in the last six years.

Zadina was also named to the QMJHL’s 1st All-Star Team and the All-Rookie Team where he was joined by teammate and Halifax native Justin Barron.

HAL_BarronJustin_201718Barron entered 2017-18 as one of the youngest players in the entire league, playing the first two months of the season as a 15-year-old. The defenceman was the 13th overall pick by the Mooseheads in last June’s QMJHL Entry Draft and impressed scouts and fans with his smooth skating and calm demeanor on the ice, making him look like a veteran on most nights. Barron won’t be NHL Draft eligible until 2020 and he’s already being touted as a potential first round selection. The young blueliner had two goals and 19 assists for 21 points and maintaining a +18 rating while often matching up against the top players on the opposing teams.

Mooseheads regular season leading scorer Otto Somppi was also nominated for a pair of awards but lost out in both Sportsman of the Year and Best Defensive Forward categories.

 

 

Here is the official list of winners:

Jacques-Plante Trophy – Goaltender with the best goals-against-average

Samuel Harvey, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Harvey finished his season with the best save percentage (0.930) as well as the best goals-against-average (2.10). He also won 30 out of a possible 45 games.

Rookie of the Year

Alexis Lafrenière, Rimouski Océanic

At only 16 years of age, Lafrenière finished second among rookies in goals (42), assists (38) and points (80) as well as finished first in plus/minus differential among rookies with a +35 rating

Ron-Lapointe Trophy – Coach of the Year

Joël Bouchard, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

The former QMJHL and NHL player led his team to the top of the league standings, all the while breaking franchise records for wins in a season (44). Moreover, the Armada tied the franchise record for points in a season with 95.

Marcel-Robert Trophy – Scholastic player of the Year

Alexandre Alain, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

The captain of the Armada is also a leader in school, finding a way to play his most productive season to date in the Q, all while excelling in Natural Sciences at Cégep St-Jérôme.

Émile-Bouchard Trophy – Defenseman of the Year

Olivier Galipeau, Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Galipeau recorded 25 goals and 74 points, first in both categories among defensemen. However, it was not to the detriment of his defensive play as he maintained a plus/minus differential of + 39.

Frank-J.-Selke Trophy – Most sportsmanlike and efficient player

Joël Teasdale, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

The 19-year-old forward put up impressive numbers for the Armada, registering 32 goals and 33 assists while finishing the season with only 14 penalty minutes in 65 games.

Humanitarian Trophy

Vincent Tremblay-Lapalme, Chicoutimi Saguenéens

The Laval native has consistently shown that he can have an impact on and off the ice. Whether it be through fundraising, blood drives or just spending time with fans; if there’s something going on in the community, you can bet that you’ll find Tremblay-Lapalme there to support it.

Maurice-Filion Trophy – General Manager of the Year

Serge Beausoleil, Rimouski Océanic

The Océanic GM and Head Coach had a very productive season, adding several key pieces to an already solid roster. He traded for Colten Ellis, a young goaltending phenom, as well as drafted future pillars in Alexis Lafrenière, Christopher Inniss, and Mathieu Bizier.

Jean-Beliveau Trophy – Top scorer

Alex Barré-Boulet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

It was a record-breaking season for the Montmagny native as he finished the season with 116 points (53 goals and 63 assists), tops in both categories this year.

Michael Bossy Trophy – Top professional prospect

Filip Zadina, Halifax Mooseheads

Zadina finished first among rookies in scoring (44 goals) and points (82). He is ranked second among North American skaters in the midterm rankings for the 2018 NHL Draft.

Paul-Dumont Trophy – Personality of the Year

Dominique Ducharme, Drummondville Voltigeurs

Ducharme was just about everywhere this season, leading team Canada to gold at the World Junior Championship and coaching in the CIBC Canada Russia Series. He also took part in the 2018 QMJHL Winter Classic and helped the Voltigeurs finish 5th in the overall standings.

Michel-Brière Trophy – Most valuable player

Alex Barré-Boulet, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

The 20-year-old forward surpassed himself in every possible way this season, setting career highs in points and breaking numerous franchise records including: goals, points and consecutive games with at least one point. He was a key factor in the Armada’s securing the league’s top spot in the overall standings.

All-Star Teams

1st All-Star Team

G                     Samuel Harvey                               (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies)

D                     Noah Dobson                                  (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

D                     Olivier Galipeau                              (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

LW                  Alexis Lafrenière                            (Rimouski Océanic)

C                     Alex Barré-Boulet                           (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

RW                 Filip Zadina                                     (Halifax Mooseheads)

 

2nd All-Star Team

G                     Colten Ellis                                      (Rimouski Océanic)

D                     Nicolas Beaudin                             (Drummondville Voltigeurs)

D                     Charle-Édouard D’Astous           (Rimouski Océanic)

LW                  Maxime Comtois                            (Victoriaville Tigres)

C                     Vitalii Abramov                                (Victoriaville Tigres)

RW                 Alexandre Alain                              (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

 

Rookie All-Star Team

G                     Colten Ellis                                      (Rimouski Océanic)

D                     Justin Barron                                  (Halifax Mooseheads)

D                     Radim Salda                                    ( Saint John Sea Dogs)

LW                  Alexis Lafrenière                            (Rimouski Océanic)

C                     Jakob Pelletier                                 (Moncton Wildcats)

RW                 Filip Zadina                                      (Halifax Mooseheads)

Your Halifax Mooseheads kick off Round 2 of the President Cup Playoffs on Friday night at 7pm on home ice against the Charlottetown Islanders. Tickets for Games 1 and 2 are on sale now at the Ticket Atlantic Box Office, select Superstore Outlets, TicketAtlantic.com, the Official Mooseheads Shop in Scotia Square or call 451-1221.

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