MONTREAL, Que. – The Montreal Canadiens introduced on Monday the recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence for the 2018-19 season. The awards are presented annually to hockey players at the amateur level who best combined hockey performances with academic excellence.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s recipient for this season is Charlottetown Islanders goaltender, Matthew Welsh. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native has ended the recent season with a 32-19-2-3 record, all while maintaining a 2.90 goals against average and a .902% save percentage. On the academic side of things, Welsh excelled at the Prince Edward Island University in the Business Management program by maintaining a 90% average.
The program was introduced in 1985 with the objective of encouraging sports and academic excellence for players competing in all three major amateur hockey leagues in the province of Quebec; the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), member schools of the Canadian University Sports in Quebec (U Sports) and the Quebec Junior Hockey League (QJHL).
Honorees are selected by a jury made of representatives from the sports media, the hockey and education communities. The Montreal Canadiens award recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence each receive a $6,000 scholarship over a three-year period.