The QMJHL held its annual Gold Puck Awards Gala on April 5 in Quebec City.
The Gala is usually held in Montreal but Quebec City had its turn to host the prestigious event this year.
The evening began with the Hall of Fame celebration followed by the individual award winners and rosters of the first, second and rookie all-star teams.
Referee Luc Lachapelle was named posthumously to the Hall of Fame, after succumbing to cancer in 2015 at the age of 61.
Former players Francis Bouillon, Gaston Therrien, Jean-Sébastien Giguère and Brad Richards were also honoured and named inductees.
Following that acknowledgement, the individual player awards were handed out.
Jacques-Plante Trophy: Goaltender with the best Goals Against Average
Francis Leclerc, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, with a 2.31 G.A.A
Rookie of the Year
F Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads. The native of Switzerland finished the regular season with 38 goals and 86 points in 57 games.
Ron Lapointe Trophy: Coach of the Year
Dany Flynn, Saint John Sea Dogs who, in his second year as the Sea Dogs head coach, was able to lead his team to the top of the QMJHL standings with 102 points.
Marcel-Robert Trophy: Scholastic Player of the Year
Antoine Samuel, Baie-Comeau Drakkar
Emile-Bouchard Trophy: Defenceman of the Year
Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs. The Ottawa Senators draft pick scored 10 goals and 45 points in only 34 games.
Humanitarian and Community Involvement Trophy
Samuel Laberge, Rimouski Océanic
Frank J. Selke: Most Sportsmanlike Player
Hugo Roy from the Sherbrooke Phoenix spent only four minutes in the penalty box in 68 games this season while scoring 34-26-60 points.
Michael Bossy Trophy: Best Professional Prospect
Nico Hischier, Halifax Mooseheads
Maurice Filion Trophy: General Manager of the Year
Joël Bouchard, Blainville-Boisbriand Armada
Paul Dumont Trophy: Personality of the Year
Thomas Chabot, Saint John Sea Dogs.
Michel-Brière Trophy: Most Valuable Player
Vitalii Abramov, Gatineau Olympqiues. The Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect led the QMJHL in scoring this past season with 104 points.
Guy-Carbonneau Trophy: Best Defensive Forward
Nicolas Roy, Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Kevin Lowe Trophy: Best Defensive Defenceman
Zachary Lauzon, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
1st All-Star Team
G Mikhail Denisov (Shawinigan Cataractes)
D Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)
D Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes)
C Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Saguenéens)
LW Giovannie Fiore (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
RW Vitalii Abramov (Gatineau Olympiques)
2nd All-Star Team
G Samuel Montembeault (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)
D Guillaume Brisebois (Charlottetown Islanders)
D Simon Bourque (Saint John Sea Dogs)
C Filip Chlapik (Charlottetown Islanders)
LW Christophe Boivin (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
RW Mathieu Joseph (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Rookie All-Star Team
G Alexis Gravel (Halifax Mooseheads)
D Jared McIsaac (Halifax Mooseheads)
D Xavier Bouchard (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
C Nico Hischier (Halifax Mooseheads)
LW Anderson Macdonald (Sherbrooke Phoenix)
RW Ivan Kosorenkov (Victoriaville Tigres)
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