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by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins

Kris Letang continues to rack up the awards in the QMJHL.

He took home two awards at its annual Golden Puck Awards Gala on Wednesday: the Émile “Butch” Bouchard Trophy as the league’s best defenseman and the Paul Dumont Trophy (personality of the year). Letang had a stellar year, scoring 14 goals and adding 38 assists in 40 regular-season contests. He was also a plus-19. He was named a QMJHL first-team all-star.

Furthermore, the Val-d’Or defender was honored with the Kevin Lowe Trophy (top defensive defenseman) during an on-ice ceremony.

The Penguins’ 2005 third-round draft choice maintained his scintillating play in the playoffs. In a first-round sweep of Chicoutimi, Letang had 13 points (6+7) with two short-handed goals and a pair of power-play goals. He finished as a plus-4 and converted on 28.6 percent of his shots on goal with six tallies on 21 shots.

Val-d’Or begins quarterfinal play Saturday against Baie-Comeau.

Letang, the Foreurs’ captain, also captained Team Canada to a third-straight gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships.

A right-handed defenseman, Letang, named one of Canada’s top three players, finished the tournament tied for second in defenseman scoring with six points (0+6) in six games. He had 12 penalty minutes and finished with a plus-4 rating.

Letang was selected as one of the tournament’s top players.

Letang had two goals in seven games with the Penguins this year before the 19-year-old was returned to his junior team.



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