MONTREAL - The Canadiens and Molson announced Thursday the recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit for the 2005-06 season. The awards are presented annually to amateur hockey players who have best combined a level of excellence in hockey and academics.
The program surrounding the awards was created in 1985 to encourage sports and academics excellence for all players within the four major amateur hockey leagues in the province of Quebec: the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Quebec member schools of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports association (CIS), the Midget AAA Hockey League and the Junior AAA Hockey League. Winners are selected by a jury comprised of representatives from the sports media and the hockey and education communities. Molson will award recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence a $6,000 scholarship given out over a three-year period and the winners of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Merit a $1,000 scholarship.
Recipients of the 2005-06 Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence
QUEBEC UNIVERSITY SPORTS
Karl Gagn (Concordia Stingers) - The 21-year-old center, a student in independent studies for Civil Engineering, maintained a grade point average of 3.34 (out of 4.0). The St-Nre native led the Stingers in scoring in his rookie season with 45 points in 30 games (22 goals, 23 assists). He was named Concordia Hockey Outstanding Rookie, and Concordia University Male Rookie of the Year. He was selected to the Ontario University Athletics All-Rookie Team, as well as the OUA Second All-Star Team.
Dany Dallaire, goaltender (UQTR Patriotes)
Benoit Martin, centre (McGill Redmen)
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Pierre-Marc Guilbault (Shawinigan Cataractes) - A student at the Collge of Shawinigan in Natural Sciences, the 20-year-old maintained an 80% academic average. The native of Sainte-Julie recorded 63 points in 48 games with Shawinigan (15 goals, 48 assists). His sports and academics performances were recognized as the winner of the Canadian Hockey League Scholarship Player of the Year, as well as the recipient of the Marcel-Robert Trophy awarded to the QMJHL Scholarship Player of the Year.
Recipients of the 2004-05 Guy Lafleur Awards of Merit
QUEBEC MIDGET AAA HOCKEY LEAGUE
Vincent Bourgeois (Laurentides Vikings) - The 16-year-old defenseman, a Grade 10 student at the Sacr-Coeur Externat, maintained a 90% academic average. The Rosemre native registered 17 points in 44 games (three goals, 14 assists), and led his team in playoff scoring. He was named the Vikings' Academic Personnality of the Year.
QUEBEC JUNIOR AAA HOCKEY LEAGUE
Martin Nolet (Collge Champlain Cougars of Sherbrooke) - A Health Sciences student at Collge Champlain, the 19-year-old defenseman maintained an 87% academic average. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Quebec City native is currently ranked 100th overall (fourth round) for the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, the only listed player of the LHJAAAQ. He recorded 12 points in 19 games with the Cougars (five goals, seven assists).