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The Montreal Canadiens and Molson announce the Guy LafleurAwards of Excellence and Merit for 2009-10

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL (May 26, 2010) – The Montreal Canadiens and Molson introduced today the recipients of the Guy Lafleur  Awards of Excellence and Merit for the 2009-10 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 in Quebec (CIS) and the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League. The winners are selected by a jury consisting of representatives from the sports media, 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 beneficiary of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Merit earns a $1,000 scholarship.

Recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence 2009-10


Francis Guérette-Charland (Patriotes de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
A 23-year old business administration student at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Francis Guérette-Charland achieved outstanding results both on the ice and in the classroom with an impressive 3.74 average over 4.3 in his second year at the UQTR. A versatile centerman with good size, at 6’ 1’ and 184 lbs, Francis recorded 53 points (24 goals and 29
assists) in only 27 games in 2009-10 to finish second in the league scoring race. A native of Victoriaville, Francis, who is recognized as a smooth skater with a powerful stride, served only 12 penalty minutes over the season to earn the R. W. Pugh Award as the player who has shown the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Voted best student
athlete at the UQTR Mérite sportif award ceremony, Francis was also voted to the Ontario League’s First All-Star Team.


Dominic Jalbert (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
The 20-year old Dominic Jalbert attended Cégep de Chicoutimi studying towards a degree in Nature Sciences. He also registered for a class at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. A dedicated student who realizes the importance of education in life, Jalbert had an impressive grade average of 83%, ranking in the upper echelon. His academic achievements were recognized following the regular season, when he was presented with the Marcel Robert Award as the QMJHL Scholastic Player of the Year. A few weeks later, at the Memorial Cup CHL Award ceremony, he was awarded the Subway Scholastic Player of the Year at the Canadian Hockey League level. His on-ice achievements were equally outstanding. In his fourth season as a member of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens organization, the 6’ and 185 lbs defenseman recorded a total of 63 points (14 goals and 49 assists) in only 68 games, bringing his career total to 131 points in 227 games. Jalbert is contemplating a career at the university level and the opportunity to play at a high level and continue his education.


Robby Thériault (Saint-Jérôme Panthères)
A 19-year old defenseman with the St-Jérôme Panthères, Robby Thériault was enrolled at Cégep de St-Jérôme where he earned outstanding academic results in the Nature Sciences program with an average grade of 87%. A native of Amqui, Québec, the 5’, 8’’ and 160 lbs defenseman played 44 games with the Panthères over the season, recording 7 points and
compiling a +17 plus/minus differential, ranking him second among 17 and 18-year old defensemen in the league. His poise, consistent play along and unparalleled determination earned him a spot on the QJAAAL 17 and 18-year old All-Star Team. Despite his responsibilities towards his team and his academic objectives, Robby managed to find time to get involved in the community. He regularly went out to visit children in local elementary schools and teach hockey to minor hockey teams in the St-Jérôme area. A young man with an acute sense of responsibility, Robby volunteered to work with Opération Nez Rouge over the Christmas holidays.
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