MONTREAL – Forward Alex Galchenyuk is the Montreal Canadiens’ Molson Cup Player of the Year for the 2015-16 season. He wins this honor for the first time in his career, and also earns the honor for the March-April segment.
Galchenyuk finished ahead of teammates Max Pacioretty, Mike Condon, Tomas Plekanec, and David Desharnais.
The 22 year-old forward is one of four Canadiens players to play every game of the 2015-16 season thus far. He established new season highs in goals (28) and points (53). He leads the team in goals (tied with M. Pacioretty), and power play goals (8 – tied with M. Pacioretty). Galchenyuk dominates the Canadiens with seven multi-goal games (7 – tied for fourth in the NHL with four players). He ranks second in points (tied with T. Plekanec), winning goals (4 – tied with D. Desharnais) and shots (199). He also sits fourth in power play points (15).
Galchenyuk was named the NHL’s Third Star for the week ending on November 29. He also led the NHL with 13 goals from February 19 to March 26.
The Milwaukee, Wisconsin native earned the Molson Cup for the last segment of the season, finishing ahead of Max Pacioretty and Andrei Markov. He recorded 16 points (11 goals, 5 assists) in 18 games in March and April. One of his tallies was a game-winning goal.
In 2015-16, the Molson Cup scoring system awarded three points for a first star selection, two points for a second star selection and a single point for a third star selection.