MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens introduced on Tuesday the recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence and Merit for the 2015-16 season. The awards are presented annually to hockey players at the amateur level who best combined hockey performances with academic excellence.
The program was introduced in 1985 with the objective of encouraging sports and academic excellence for 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 Hockey League (QJHL). Honorees are selected by a jury made of representatives from the sports media, the hockey and education communities. The Montreal Canadiens award recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence a $6,000 scholarship over a 3-year period and the beneficiary of the Guy Lafleur Award of Merit, to the selected candidate at the Quebec collegiate level or in the Quebec Junior League, who will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Recipients of the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence 2015-16
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Charles-David Beaudoin (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes)
A student at the UQTR’s Administration programme, specializing in Finances, Charles-David Beaudoin is dedicated in all his undertakings. At 22, he has already a long list of accomplishments having represented Canada at the U17 World Championship and played four seasons, 288 games, with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, including the last two as captain. An important piece of the Patriots’ success in 2015-16, Charles-David is a courageous player with tremendous leadership skills. A stay-at-home defenseman, he managed to record 7 goals and 18 assists in 26 games this past season and was voted to the OUA all-rookie team after leading his team to the regular season championship, and was also awarded the Lait’s Go Sport scholarship. His academic results were equally impressive achieving a Grade Point Average of 3.64 and earned him the 2015 Alliance Sports-Études scholarship. A recipient of the Quebec Foundation for Athletic Excellence bursary program last November, Charles-David was involved with several charities in his QMJHL days and continued to support various causes as a Patriote. In 2015-16 he volunteered to work at the school’s annual Salon des Vins, the Guignolée des médias and was a regular visitor at the local Breakfast Club.
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Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes)
The Shawinigan Cataractes leading scorer with 44 goals and 98 points in 68 games in 2015-16, Alexis D’Aoust finished fourth in the QMJHL scoring race. An efficient two-way player, he was a +32 last season, with a team-leading 290 shots on goal and a 2nd QMJHL All-Star team selection. His performances in class were equally impressive with an 85% average and a 29.887 rating as a student in the Natural Science at Collège de Shawinigan. His academic results earned him the Marcel Robert Award as the QMJHL scholastic player of the year. Alexis is also involved in the community contributing to various programmes aimed at supporting young hockey players from the Mauricie region experiencing different types of difficulties. As part of his involvement, he meets with the kids and provides needed encouragement and support. For his efforts in the community, Alexis was voted the Shawinigan Cataractes Humanitarian of the Year.
Recipient of the Guy Lafleur Award of Merit 2015-16
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Philippe Boisvert (Champlain Regional College Cougars)
Philippe Boisvert is synonymous with versatility and talent. The 18 year old forward successfully completed his first season with the Cougars earning 34 points in 36 games. Selected to play in the U17 All-Star game as well as the RSEQ All-Star classic, the 6’1’’ centreman made a name for himself with his skating ability and intensity. After being voted Male Athlete of the Year at the Heritage Regional High School last year, he earned yet another significant award in 2015-16 as recipient of the Rookie of the Year award. Studying Health Sciences at Lennoxville’s Champlain College, Philippe achieved a stellar performance with a sessional average grade of 95.3% in his first semester and continued to improve in the winter session posting an outstanding 95.9% average. His academic results earned him further recognition as recipient of the Governor General Academic Medal. The young athlete who hails from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu represented Champlain College at Sherbrooke University’s “Génie civilisé” contest. A part-time musician who enjoys playing guitar, Philippe contributed to his community by putting his musical talent to work in support of the Candiac Scouts as part of a fundraising effort.