QMJHL Weekly: Couturier is the MVP

Drummondville forward Sean Couturier is the MVP of the QMJHL this season. He received the award at the Golden Puck Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal last Wednesday night. Here is the list of winners and All-Star teams…

Jacques-Plante Trophy (Best Goals-Against-Average)
Jacob DeSerres – Saint John Sea Dogs
Jacob DeSerres wins the Jacques-Plante trophy thanks to his goals-against-average of 2.22 in 30 games with the Sea Dogs. The Franco-Albertan, former goalie of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western League, won 27 games versus only three losses.

RDS Cup (Rookie of the Year)
Charles Hudon – Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Only 16 years-old, the Sags number 10 racked up 60 points in 63 games, of which 23 were goals. Hudon was chosen 6th overall in the first round of the QMJHL 2010 Draft.

Ron-Lapointe Trophy (Coach of the Year)
Gérard Gallant – Saint John Sea Dogs
The Sea Dogs ended the season with 58 victories in 68 games. Last year, Gallant won the Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award of the Canadian Hockey League.

Jean-Béliveau Trophy (Top scorer)
Philip-Michaël Devos – Gatineau Olympiques / Victoriaville Tigres
The forward from Sorel finished the season with 114 points. Devos, who spent four and a half seasons with the Victoriaville Tigres before being traded to the Olympiques, becomes the first scoring champion that played with two different teams since Patrick Lebeau in 89-90.

Marcel-Robert Trophy (TELUS Scholastic player of the Year)
Nicolas Therrien – Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Therrien played 68 games, scoring 12 goals and 32 assists for a total of 44 points. He played the entire season while maintaining a high academic standing.

Humanitarian Player Award
Gabriel Lemieux – Shawinigan Cataractes
Lemieux accumulated 25 points in 63 games this season. He realized at the very start of his career that he could use his status as a player to create a positive impact in the community. His numerous philanthropic contributions have had a positive effect on his region.

Émile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy (Defenseman of the Year)
Simon Després – Saint John Sea Dogs
Defenseman Simon Després is the defenseman of the year. First choice of the 2007 Entry Draft, Després finished the 2010-2011 campaign with a showing of 41 points in 47 games and a +/- of +29. Després also represented Canada in the last World Junior Under-20 Championship in Buffalo.

Frank-J.-Selke Trophy (Most sportsmanlike player)
Philip-Michaël Devos – Gatineau Olympiques / Victoriaville Tigres
In regular season, Devos played for the Tigres and Olympiques, collecting 114 points but with only 31 penalty minutes. Devos finishes a 5-year career in the QMJHL in which he played 325 regular season games.

Michael-Bossy Trophy (Best professional prospect)
Sean Couturier – Drummondville Voltigeurs
Forward Sean Couturier takes the title of Top professional prospect. Ranked 2nd in North America by NHL Central Scouting this January, the Voltigeurs’ number 7 collected his second 96-point campaign in a row while playing in 10 fewer games this year due to his participation in the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Maurice Filion Trophy (General Manager of the Year)
Mike Kelly – Saint John Sea Dogs
Mike Kelly built a first class team that just had one of the best seasons in the history of the League. In two seasons under his direction, the Sea Dogs have registered no less than 111 victories. This year to improve his team, Kelly acquired goaltender Jacob DeSerres, forward Alexandre Beauregard and defenseman Éric Gélinas.

Paul-Dumont Trophy (Personality of the Year)
Louis Leblanc – Montreal Juniors
Leblanc had a busy season. He not only made his mark by helping his team climb to second overall by scoring 26 goals and 32 assists but also by contributing by being one of the best forwards on Canada’s Under-20 silver medal-winning squad.

Michel-Brière Trophy (Most Valuable Player)
Sean Couturier – Drummondville Voltigeurs
Sean Couturier takes home the most coveted trophy of all, the Most Valuable Player of the Year. In his third year in the league, the Voltigeurs’ first pick of 2008, scored 96 points in only 58 games. Couturier also finished with an exceptional +55. He helped the Voltigeurs to become the first team in league history to win at least 45 games three years in a row.

Jean-Rougeau Trophy (Regular season champions)
Saint John Sea Dogs
The Saint John Sea Dogs this year became the first team since the Quebec Remparts of the 97-98 and 98-99 seasons to win the regular season championship two years in a row. The New Brunswick franchise completed the season with an impressive record of 58 wins and 10 losses, including 3 in overtime. Moreover, the Sea Dogs played 34 home games without a single regulation loss.

All-Star Teams

1st All-Star Team
G – Christopher Gibson (CHI)
LD – Simon Després (SNB)
RD – Ryan Kavanagh (SHA-RIM)
C – Sean Couturier (DRU)
LW – Jonathan Huberdeau (SNB)
RW – Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (QUE)

2nd All-Star Team
G – Evan Mosher (PEI)
LD – Brandon Gormley (MON)
RD – Jean-Philippe Mathieu (DRU)
C – Philip-Michaël Devos (GAT-VIC)
LW – Étienne Brodeur (LEW)
RW – Guillaume Asselin (CHI)

All-Star Rookie Team
G – Domenic Graham (DRU)
LD – Daniel Milan (MON)
RD – Dominic Poulin (CHI)
C – Mirko Hoefflin (QUE)
LW – Charles Hudon (CHI)
RW – Zach O’Brien (BAT)

The John-Horman (Executive of the Year) and Jean-Sawyer (Marketing Director of the Year) trophies will be awarded at the Annual Entry Draft. With information from http://en.lhjmq.qc.ca/

Shawinigan Gets 2012 Memorial Cup

On Wednesday Memorial Cup Selection Committee President Gérald Janneteau announced that Shawinigan will host the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup.

“The selection committee rigorously analyzed each candidacy and made a decision based on the evaluation grid,” said Jannetau. “The committee’s decision to select Shawinigan to host the event is based on the fact that their bid had all the elements from top to bottom to convince us that they would present an excellent 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup Tournament: great hockey team, good organizing committee and superior installations. Moreover, we felt that the whole community was behind the bid. Each organization was well-prepared and made very professional presentations.”

“MasterCard congratulates the Cataractes of Shawinigan for having been chosen to host the 2012 MasterCard Memorial Cup. It will be an incredible experience for the city,” said Martin Leman, Vice-President of MasterCard Canada. “We are proud to be the title sponsor of the MasterCard Memorial Cup for more than a decade.”

Three other QMJHL teams—Halifax, Cape Breton, and Saint John—were also in the running.

With information from http://en.lhjmq.qc.ca/

Second Round of Playoffs Begin

The series between the Saint John Sea Dogs and Victoriaville Tigres is all knotted up at one game each as Jonathan Huberdeau added a goal and assisted on two more to lead the Sea Dogs to 4-1 win on Friday night; while the Tigres evened the series at one each with a 3-2 win on Saturday as Phillip Danault scored the game winner at the 17:00 mark of the third on Saturday. The series will switch to Victoriaville for games three and four Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

The Lewiston-Montreal series is also tied at one game each with Montreal needed overtime and a goal from David Rose 4:52 in to give the Juniors a 6-5 win; while Dame Olivier Malka found the back of the net four times and lent a helping hand on one more as Lewiston skated to a 6-2 win over Montreal on Saturday. Games three and four will be played in Lewiston on Tuesday and Wednesday; while game five takes place back in Montreal on Friday with game six if necessary in Lewiston on Sunday.

Quebec has a 2-0 lead on Shawinigan as the Remparts scored an 8-1 win as Alexandre Grenier and Joel Champagne scored twice each; and Ryan Bourque led the way with a goal and assist in the 5-1 win on Saturday. The series moves to Shawinigan for games three and four on Tuesday and Wednesday; while game five if necessary will be played in Quebec City on Friday and game six if necessary in Shawinigan on Sunday.

Andre-Bouvet-Morrisette added a goal and assist as Drummondville skated to a 3-1 win over Gatineau on Friday night. The Voltigeurs took a 2-0 series lead with a 3-0 shutout on Saturday as Guillaume Nadeau made 27 saves. Games three and four will be played in Gatineau on Tuesday and Wednesday night; while game five if necessary takes place in Drummondville on Friday and game six if necessary in Gatineau on Sunday.

Audy-Marchessault Is CHL Player of the Week

Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is the CHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 3rd.

Audy-Marchessault added one goal and seven assists in the Remparts’ sweep of Val-d’Or in the first round. He added three assists and was the first star of the game in game three—a 9-0 rout; and ended it with a goal and four assists and the second star of the game award in the 5-2 win in game four.

Damphousse, Desjardins, MacKay and Lapointe Inducted Into QMJHL Hall of Fame

On Wednesday Vincent Damphousse, Robert Desjardins, Harold MacKay, and Martin Lapointe were inducted into the QMJHL Hall Of Fame at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Montreal. Damphousse played with Laval for three seasons from 1983-1986 where he scored 123 goals and added 245 assists over 229 games. The team won the President’s Trophy in his rookie season. He had eight points in one game twice in his career with one goal and seven assists coming on February 25th 1985 and three goals and five assists coming almost a year later on February 3rd, 1986. That same year he had three goals and four assists in a playoff game on April 13th.

Damphousse was a QMJHL Second Team All-Star at the end of the 1985-86 season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs selected him sixth overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. He played 18 seasons in the NHL for four teams—Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal, and San Jose. He found the back of the net 432 times and lent a helping hand on 773 more in 1378 regular season games. He also added 41 goals and 63 assists in 140 post season contests winning the Stanley Cup with Montreal in 1993. Damphousse was the Canadiens’ captain from 1996-1999. He is ranked 10th all time among retired QMJHLers in scoring.

Desjardins spent four years in the QMJHL with Shawinigan, Hull, Longueuil, and Victoriaville from 1984-1988 and was a QMJHL third-team All-Star in his rookie season (1984-85) and earned first-team All-Star honors in 1985-86 & 1986-87.
In 1984 Desjardins won the Raymond Lagace Trophy given to the League’s best defensive rookie and won the Jacques Plante Trophy the next season as he had the best goals against average. He won the trophy again in 1987 and was the League MVP that year as well. During his years with Hull (1985-86) and Longueuil (1986-87) the teams won the President Cup in back-to-back seasons. He also played in three Memorial Cup Tournaments over four years and holds the Longueuil/Victoriaville franchise record for most wins in a regular season with 37.

Desjardins played CIS hockey at Concordia from 1988-1992 being named to the all-star team every year that he was there and was the MVP in 1991. He turned professional with the CHL’s Wichita Thunder in 1992 and played there for three seasons. He was the League’s Rookie of the Year in 1993 and the team MVP in 1994. His jersey is one of only four jerseys retired by the Thunder.

MacKay is responsible for the establishment of the first team in the Maritimes as he was the one who convinced Moosehead Breweries CEO Derek Oland to establish a team in Halifax although at that time all of the League’s teams were inside of Quebec. The Halifax Mooseheads were born for the 1994-95 season. The team topped the League’s rankings six times that year finishing sixth overall and getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. 24 000 fans attended the three game series versus Beauport. MacKay won the John Herman Trophy given to the Administrator of the Year in 1997. MacKay was more than an administrator, he was a believer. He believed in the potential of expanding the QMJHL into the Maritimes where he thought that major junior hockey would prosper.

Lapointe played for Laval from 1989-1993. The right winger found the twine on 149 occasions and helped out on 189 more in 195 regular season games. He added 15 more goals and 31 assists in 27 post season contests. Lapointe was a First Team All-Star in 1990 and was the winner of the Michel Bergeron Trophy as the Offensive Rookie of the Year. He was a First Team All-Star again in 1993. He made the second team in 1991. Laval won the President’s Trophy in 1990 and 1993. Lapointe was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star team in 1993 and played for Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships from 1991-1993 winning gold twice in 1991 and 1993. Detroit selected the 5-1, 215 lb native of Ville Ste-Pierre, QC in the first round, 10th overall of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. He played for Detroit, Boston, Chicago, and Ottawa over 18 seasons scoring 181 goals and adding 200 assists in 991 regular season games. In the playoffs he added 19 more goals and 24 assists and won the Stanley Cup twice with Detroit in 1997 and 1998.

Lavigne Steops Down

PEI Head Coach Eric Lavigne has stepped down. He made the decision for family reasons but still had another year left on his contract.

The Leaders

Quebec forward Jonathan Audy-Marchessault leads all scorers with six goals and 12 assists in six games while another Jonathan (Huberdeau) is second with seven goals and nine assists in six games. Audy-Marchessault’s teammate, forward Frederick Roy, rounds out the top three with 12 points (6G, 6A) in six contests.

Based on a minimum of 200:00 played Saint John netminder Jacob DeSerres is 4-1-0-0 with a 1.20 GAA and 0.947 SAV%. Coming in second is Quebec’s Louis Domingue (6-0-0-0, 1.67 GAA, 0.940 SAV%) while Gatineau’s Francois Lacerte rounds out the top three with his 3-0-0-0 record, a goals against average of 2.13 and 0.915 SAV%.

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