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The 2019 Golden Puck Awards: A night that will never be forgotten!

Vincent Éthier

Quebec City, QC– The Golden Puck Awards Gala of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey league was held tonight at the Capitole Theatre in Quebec City. Sébastien Goulet and Louis Jean from TVA Sports were brilliant in cohosting the festivities.

During the evening, twelve trophies were presented to the most deserving players and personalities of the 2018-19 season. Also, five new members were inducted into the QMJHL Hall of Fame.

François Allaire, Robert Murray, Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Stéphane Fiset and Mario Tremblay are the members of the QMJHL’s 2019 Hall of Fame Class. These highly deserving inductees are a great source of inspiration for tonight’s trophy winners and nominees as well as for players throughout the league.

Furthermore, in honor of the QMJHL’s 50th anniversary, the rankings of the ten greatest players in league history were revealed during the evening. Nine of the top ten greatest players in QMJHL history were on hand to present a trophy to the winners.

Here is the official list of winners:

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Jean-Béliveau Trophy – Top scorer

Peter Abbandonato, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Abbandonato had his most productive season in the QMJHL with a total of 111 points, including 29 goals and 82 assists. In addition to leading his peers in points and assists, he maintained the league’s best plus/minus differential with a +71 rating.

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Rookie of the Year

Jordan Spence, Moncton Wildcats

Spence, who was 17 years-old at the beginning of the season, finished first among rookies in assists (43). He was also the leading scorer among all first-year defensemen with a total of 49 points.

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Paul-Dumont Trophy – Personality of the year

Alexis Lafrenière, Rimouski Océanic

Lafrenière had a busy season. He represented Canada at the World Juniors and the CIBC Canada-Russia Series, as well as participated in the 2019 QMJHL Winter Classic. He was named Player of the Week in the QMJHL twice, and once more at the CHL level.

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Ron-Lapointe Trophy – Coach of the Year

Mario Pouliot, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Pouliot not only led his team to the top of the QMJHL’s overall standings, but also to first place in the CHL Kia Top ten rankings. Under his leadership, the Huskies not only broke franchise records, but also QMJHL records, thanks to 59 wins and only 9 losses. His team also tied a 45-year-old Canadian junior hockey record with 25 consecutive wins.

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Michael-Bossy Trophy – Top Professional Prospect

Raphaël Lavoie, Halifax Mooseheads

Lavoie seems to have a bright future ahead of him. According to the NHL mid-season rankings, he is 13th among the top prospects heading into the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He also participated in the 2019 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

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Humanitarian Trophy

Charle-Édouard D’Astous, Rimouski Océanic

The Rimouski native showed great leadership as a captain, but also as a member of his community. A spokesperson for the Centre Hospitalier Régional de Rimouski Foundation, D’Astous was very involved in the Foundation’s fundraising campaign and managed to raise $3,50$ from various donors. In addition to his frequent visits at the local hospital, the captain was heavily involved in numerous causes and took part in a multitude of activities with fans to support his community.

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Maurice-Filion Trophy

Mario Pouliot, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Pouliot was not only successful with the Huskies as a head coach, but also as GM. He solidified his team by acquiring New York Islanders prospect Noah Dobson at the trade deadline. He refined his offence by adding Montreal Canadiens prospect Joël Teasdale and Louis-Filip Côté, a first-round pick at the 2015 QMJHL Draft.

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

Peter Abbandonato, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

The Huskies veteran made his last year in the QMJHL a remarkable one. In addition to leading the league in points (111) and assists (82), the Laval native stayed away from the penalty box. In 68 games, Abbandonato finished the season with only 14 penalty minutes.

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

Samuel Harvey, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

Harvey was stellar in front of the Huskies net all season. He had his best season in terms of wins (35), goals-against-average (2.08) and save percentage (0.926%). Out of the 43 games in which he started, he only suffered eight losses.

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Émile-Bouchard Trophy – Defenseman of the Year

Charle-Édouard D’Astous, Rimouski Océanic

The captain of the Océanic finished his last season in the QMJHL with a bang. He led all defensemen in points (66) and assists (52). In addition to his offensive qualities, he managed to keep his plus/minus differential at +34.

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Marcel-Robert Trophy – Scholastic Player of the Year

Matthew Welsh, Charlottetown Islanders

While the Islanders’ goaltender was effective on the ice, he also obtained exemplary academic results. A student in Business Management at Prince Edward Island University, Welsh balanced hockey and his studies brilliantly. This season, he maintained a 90% average.

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Michel-Brière Trophy – Most Valuable Player

Alexis Lafrenière, Rimouski Océanic

Only 17 years old, Lafrenière became a key element of the Océanic. He led his team in points (105) and assists (68). In fact, his total of 68 assists, placed him second in the QMJHL this season in that category. Lafrenière had an excellent campaign, surpassing his rookie campaign by 25 points.

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All-Star Teams

1st All-Star Team

G      Samuel Harvey – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

D      Charle-Édouard D’Astous – Rimouski Océanic

D      Noah Dobson – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

F       Alexis Lafrenière – Rimouski Océanic

F       Joseph Veleno – Drummondville Voltigeurs

F       Peter Abbandonato – Rouyn-Noranda Huskies

2nd All-Star Team

G      Tristan Côté-Cazenave – Victoriaville Tigres

D      Nicolas Beaudin – Drummondville Voltigeurs

D      Jared McIsaac – Halifax Mooseheads

F       Ivan Chekhovich – Baie-Comeau Drakkar

F       Samuel Asselin – Halifax Mooseheads

F       Jimmy Huntington – Rimouski Océanic

Rookie All-Star Team

G       Fabio Iacobo – Victoriaville Tigres

D       Jordan Spence – Moncton Wildcats

D       Lukas Cormier – Charlottetown Islanders

F       Hendrix Lapierre – Chicoutimi Saguenéens

F       Egor Serdyuk – Victoriaville Tigres

F       Mikhail Abramov – Victoriaville Tigres

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