Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur (center), joined by Molson's Monique Depatie and selection committee member François-Xavier Seigneur (far right), honored trophy winners Marc-André Carrier, Jean-Michel Filiatrault, and Alexandre Picard-Hooper on Thursday afternoon.
MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens and Molson jointly announced Thursday the recipients of the 2006-07 Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence. The awards are presented annually to amateur hockey players who best combine success on the ice with scholastic achievements.
Created back in 1985, the program's objective aims at encouraging sports and scholastic excellence for players from three major amateur hockey leagues in Quebec; the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), the Quebec member schools of the Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS), and the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League. The winners are selected by a jury consisting of representatives from the hockey and education communities. Recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence receive a $6,000 scholarship from Molson over a 3-year period while the winner of the Guy Lafleur Award of Merit is awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
2006-07 Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence
QUEBEC UNIVERSITY SPORTS
Jean-Michel Filiatrault (McGill University)
A 23-year old McGill student in Management, Jean-Michel maintained a grade point average of 3.96 (out of 4.00). Despite missing the first half of the season due to a knee injury, the Laval-born netminder posted a 6-2-2 record and a CIS League-best 2.07 goals-against average in his second season with the Redmen. Filiatrault, who also kept a .915 save percentage, recently won the Uldies Auders trophy recipient as McGill's top sophomore who best combined sports excellence and scholastic performances.
QUEBEC MAJOR JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE
Alexandre Picard-Hooper (Drakkar de Baie-Comeau)
A 20-year old student at CEGEP Baie-Comeau in Human and Social Sciences, Alexandre achieved a 29.486 academic average this year. On the ice, the Boucherville native recorded 93 points (32 goals, 61 assists) in 67 games with the Drakkar. For the second straight season, he was among the QMJHL's top 15 scorers. His athletic and scholastic performances in 2006-07 earned him the Canadian Hockey League Scholastic Player of the Year award as well as the Marcel-Robert Trophy as the QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Year.
2006-07 Guy Lafleur Award of Merit
QUEBEC JUNIOR AAA HOCKEY LEAGUE
Marc-André Carrier (Cougars du Collége Champlain)
A civil engineering student at Université de Sherbrooke where he maintained a 3.66 gpa in the past year, Marc-André Carrier also is a member of the Collàge Champlain Cougars. In 2006-07, the 6-foot, 202-pound defenseman recorded 11 goals and added 21 assists in 53 games. A leader on the ice and in the dressing room. Marc-André was the LHJAAAQ's 2006-07 recipient of the Jean-Guy Daigneault trophy awarded to the player who demonstrates the best leadership qualities.