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Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens and Molson introduced Wednesday the recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit for the 2008-09 season. The awards are presented annually to hockey players at the amateur level who best combined hockey performances with academics excellence.

The program was introduced in 1985 with the objective of encouraging sports and academics excellence for all 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 Interuniversity Sports the Quebec (CIS) in Quebec and the Junior AAA Hockey League. The winners are selected by a jury made 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 spread out over a 3-year period while the recipient of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Merit earns a $1,000 scholarship.

Recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence 2008-09
Marc-André Dorion (McGill Redmen)
The 22-year old student had a 3.75 average (on a scale of 4.0) in his first year in Physical Education at McGill University. The 5’11’’, 184 lb defenseman who hails from St-Hubert, Quebec registered 28 points in 39 regular season games (5 goals, 23 assists). He ranked third in scoring among OUA defensemen with 18 points in 27 regular season games. Named to the OUA All-Rookie Team, he led the Redmen to the OUA Eastern Conference Championships and was also the recipient of individual honors from both the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and McGill University. Dorion was invited to the Dallas Stars rookie camp in September 2008.

Payton Liske (Saint John Sea Dogs)
The 20-year old Economics student at University of New Brunswick posted a 87% academic average. He also received a mark of 95% in Mathematics of Data Management in one of his two classes at the Ontario Independent Learning Centre. The 6’5’’, 218 lb left winger who hails from Welland, Ontario ranked 5th in scoring with the Sea Dogs totaling 45 points in 64 games (19 goals, 26 assists). His on-ice achievements combined with his academic results earned him the title of Scholastic Player of the Month in October 2007, February 2008 and again in October 2008. Liske was also the recipient of the 2008-09 Marcel Robert Award as the QMJHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year.

Recipient of the Guy Lafleur Award of Merit 2008-09
Maxime Gervais (Collège Français de Longueuil)
A 19-year old Applied Human Sciences student at College Français de Longueuil, Alexandre displayed outstanding academic results averaging 87%. The 5’, 10’’, 185 lb defenseman from St-Hyacinthe, Québec, led the Collège Français to the Junior AAA division championship with a total of 62 points in only 49 games (9 goals, 53 assists). Invited to the Junior A Team Canada training camp, he was twice named Player of the Week in the Junior AAA league. He was voted the Collège Français Player of the Year and selected to the First All-Star Team. Gervais was also a nominee for the league’s Defenceman of the Year. Maxim is the younger brother of Bruno Gervais, a defenseman with the New York Islanders.
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