Jonathan Drouin scored his latest hat trick in a suit and tie.
Drouin won three awards, including the Most Valuable Player trophy, at the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Golden Puck Awards Dinner on Wednesday night.
The Halifax Mooseheads left winger won the Michel Briere Trophy as the QMJHL’s top player, beating out Moncton Wildcats right winger Dmitri Jaskin and P.E.I. Rocket centre Josh Currie.
Drouin, who is one of the top three junior prospects for the 2013 NHL draft, also claimed the Paul Dumont Trophy as the league’s personality of the year, and the Michael Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s best professional prospect.
“Yeah, I’m pretty happy about tonight,” Drouin said. “It was a really special evening and it’s a great honour to win those three trophies.”
The 18-year-old native of Huberdeau, Que., finished second in regular season scoring with 41 goals and 64 assists for 105 points in 49 games, five points behind P.E.I.’s Ben Duffy, who played 19 more games.
Drouin was also named to the QMJHL’s First All-Star Team.
He and Mooseheads teammate Nathan MacKinnon are among the top prospects for the June draft along with American defenceman Seth Jones.
“You don’t see that, two guys on the same team ranked that high,” Drouin said. “It’s fun to have one more guy that lives the same experience as you do. We try to help each other on an off the ice and make sure that our only goal is a President’s Cup for the Mooseheads.”
Halifax’s Dominique Ducharme won the Ron Lapointe Trophy as coach of the year. He guided the Mooseheads to a league-leading 58-6-4 mark and 120 points.
“It’s great to be working with kids like that,” Ducharme said. “I feel like as a coach we want to be taking our players to be reaching their full potential. And for them, their potential is pretty rare, how good they could become and the impact they could have in hockey.”
Halifax, which swept Saint John in four straight in the opening round of the playoffs, hosts Gatineau on Friday night in the opening game of their best-of-seven quarter-final.
“We have the same mentality that we’ve had all year,” Ducharme said. “We want to be taking every game as a challenge and we’re taking them one game at a time, and right now we had one week to get ready for our next challenge, and that’s Friday night against Gatineau, and that’s all we’re thinking about.”
The other QMJHL quarter-finals pit Victoriaville against Baie-Comeau, Val-d’Or against Blainville-Boisbriand, and Rouyn-Noranda against Quebec.
Baie-Comeau right winger Valentin Zykov was named the league’s rookie of the year. The 17-year-old Russian had 40 goals and 35 assists for 75 points in 67 games.
“If someone asked me before the season I would have said, ‘No way. It’s a joke,“’ Zykov said.
Currie and Jaskin were also named to the First All-Star Team along with defencemen Kevin Gagne, who split his season between Rimouski and Saint John, and Blainville-Boisbriand’s Xavier Ouellet, as well as Halifax goalie Zachary Fucale.
Gagne won the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the league’s top defenceman.
Duffy won the Jean Beliveau Trophy as the QMJHL’s top scorer. The Rocket centre had 110 points in 68 games, including 39 goals and 71 assists.
Blainville-Boisbriand goalie Etienne Marcoux claimed the Jacques Plante Trophy, awarded to the QMJHL goalie with the lowest goals-against-average. Marcoux had a 2.14 GAA, 27 wins, four shutouts and a .913 save percentage in 42 regular season games.
Rimouski’s Philippe Boucher won the Maurice Filion Trophy as general manager of the year.
Acadie-Bathurst right winger Zach O’Brien won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for most sportsmanlike player. Drummondville defenceman Charles-David Beaudoin won the Marcel Robert Trophy as the league’s scholastic player of the year.
Halifax defenceman Konrad Abeltshauser won the league’s Humanitarian and Community Involvement Trophy.
MacKinnon was named the centre on the Second All-Star Team along with Marcoux, Abeltshauser, Rouyn-Noranda defenceman Mathieu Brisebois, Rimouski left winger Peter Trainor, and Val-d’Or right winger Anthony Mantha.
Zykov was named to the Rookie All-Star Team along with Rimouski goalie Philippe Desoriers, defenceman Jan Kostalek and centre Frederick Gauthier, and Halifax defenceman Mackenzie Weegar and Moncton left winger Ivan Barbashev.
Felix Potvin was one of four new inductees into the QMJHL Hall of Fame. Potvin, who led the Toronto Maple Leafs to consecutive Western Conference finals appearances in 1993 and 1994, was named the best goaltender of the 1991 Memorial Cup tournament with Chicoutimi.
Sylvain Cote, who played 1,171 NHL games, was also inducted along with Marc Saumier and Jean-Claude Morrissette, who was honoured as a builder.Report Typo/Error