The Golden Puck Awards: an unforgettable evening!

Vincent Éthier/LHJMQ Médias

MONTREAL, April 5th, 2017 – The Golden Puck Awards, presented annually by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, were held this evening at the Capitole in Quebec City. This year, eleven prestigious trophies were awarded to the most deserving personalities of the 2016-17 season. Five junior hockey legends were also inducted into the QMJHL Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hosted by Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek and TVA Sports’ Louis Jean, the evening was a huge success.

“This evening represents a superb gathering,” said the Commissioner, Gilles Courteau. “Over 350 people were present to welcome and honour five new members to our Hall of Fame: Luc Lachapelle, Francis Bouillon, Gaston Therrien, JS Giguère and Brad Richards. This event was made even more special as past legends receive the recognition they deserve for their exceptional careers next to the biggest names of tomorrow. In fact some of our award winners might one day become inductees.”

Here is the list of tonight’s winners:

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

Francis Leclerc, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

The Chateauguay native took part in 30 games, winning 15. In addition, he recorded four shutouts, maintained a save percentage of .908 and a goals against average of 2.31.

Rookie of the Year

Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads

A native of Swtizerland, Hischier is the rookie of the year thanks to his outstanding performances during his first season. He concluded the regular season with 86 points, including 38 goals, in 57 games with the Mooseheads.

Ron-Lapointe Trophy – Coach of the Year

Dany Flynn, Saint John Sea Dogs

In his second year as the Sea Dogs’ head coach, Flynn was able to lead his team to the top of the QMJHL standings with 102 points.

Marcel-Robert Trophy – Scholastic Player of the Year

Antoine Samuel, Baie-Comeau Drakkar

Antoine is a devoted young man on the ice and in his studies. He is currently studying in human sciences and psychology at Cégep de Baie-Comeau.

Emile-Bouchard Trophy – Defenseman of the Year

Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs

The defenseman scored 10 goals added 35 assists for a total of 45 points in only 34 games.


Humanitarian and Community Involvement Trophy

Samuel Laberge, Rimouski Océanic

The game of hockey is extremely intense and competitive and passion is a key part of the sport. For most who play at this level, passion is also what drives them to make a difference in their communities. As they become role models to the next generation, they deserve to be recognized and appreciated for the outstanding work they accomplish. Laberge has been involved in many team activities as well as taking his own initiatives.

Frank-J.-Selke – Most sportsmanlike player

Hugo Roy, Sherbrooke Pheonix

He only spent 4 minutes in the penalty box in 68 games played this season.

Michael Bossy Trophy – Best professional prospect

Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads

Hischier is undoubtedly one of the best hopes for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft. He also takes home the rookie of the year honours.

Maurice Filion Trophy – General Manager of the Year

Joël Bouchard, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada

Joël Bouchard is named the General Manager of the year for his excellent work in the 2016-17 regular season.

Paul-Dumont Trophy – Personality of the year

Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs

Chabot demonstrated exemplary behaviour during the season. He represented the Sea Dogs and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in a positive manner.

Michel-Brière Trophy – Most Valuable Player

Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympqiues

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect is awarded the prestigious honour of the most valuable player during the 2016-17 season.



All-Star Teams

1st All-Star Team

G               Mikhail Denisov                      (Shawinigan Cataractes)

D               Thomas Chabot                       (Saint John Sea Dogs)

D               Samuel Girard                          (Shawinigan Cataractes)

C                Nicolas Roy                                (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)

LW            Giovannie Fiore                       (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)

RW           Vitalii Abramov                        (Gatineau Olympiques)

2nd All-Star Team

G               Samuel Montembeault        (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

D               Guillaume Brisebois                (Charlottetown Islanders)

D               Simon Bourque                        (Saint John Sea Dogs)

C                Filip Chlapik                               (Charlottetown Islanders)

LW            Christophe Boivin                (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)

RW           Mathieu Joseph                       (Saint John Sea Dogs)

Rookie All-Star Team

G               Alexis Gravel                             (Halifax Mooseheads)

D               Jared McIsaac                          (Halifax Mooseheads)

D               Xavier Bouchard                      (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

C                Nico Hischier                             (Halifax Mooseheads)

LW            Anderson Macdonald            (Sherbrooke Phoenix)

RW           Ivan Kosorenkov                     (Victoriaville Tigres)


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