Rimouski, QC – The top individual performers including of the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup were announced following the conclusion of the Championship Final Sunday evening.
Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires was the winner of the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Hall, a 17-year-old from Kingston, ON, scored two goals and six assists for eight points in six games. In addition to being named first star of the 4-1 Championship Final, his week was highlighted by another first star performance with a goal and an assist in the Spitfires’ first tournament win against the Rockets 2-1 on Tuesday.
Jamie Benn of the Kelowna Rockets was the recipient of the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as the tournament’s top scorer. Benn scored five goals and four assists for nine points in four games. The 19-year-old from Victoria, BC, opened the tournament with a goal and two assists as first star of the 4-1 win last Friday night against the Rimouski Oceanic, and followed that up with a four goal and one assist game as first star in the 6-4 win over the Drummondville Voltigeurs Monday night.
Yannick Riendeau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs wins the George Parsons Trophy as the Most Sportsmanlike Player of the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup. Riendeau scored two goals and six assists for eight points in four games recording just two penalty minutes. The 20-year-old from Boucherville, QC, had a four-point game with one goal and three assists Monday night as second star in the 6-4 loss to the Kelowna Rockets.
Marco Cousineau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs was named the recipient of the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the Most Outstanding goaltender of the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup. The 19-year-old from Les Cèdres, QC, led the tournament with a save percentage of .911 to go with a goals-against-average of 2.94 in four games played. He was spectacular in the semi-final game making 44 saves as first star of the game despite the 3-2 loss to the Windsor Spitfires.
In addition to the individual awards, the 2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Star team was also announced. Both Hall and Benn were named as forwards to the team and were joined by Patrice Cormier of the Rimouski Oceanic. The 18-year-old from Cap-Pélé, NB, finished the tournament with three goals and one assist for four points in four games. Defencemen Ryan Ellis of the Windsor Spitfires and Tyler Myers of the Kelowna Rockets were named to the team. Ellis, an 18-year-old from Freelton, ON, scored three goals and one assist for four points in six games. Myers, a 19-year-old from DeWinton, AB, scored one goal and three assists for four points in four games. Goaltender Cousineau was also named to the team.
2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup Awards:
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) – Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Ed Chynoweth Trophy (Top Scorer) – Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
George Parsons Trophy (Most Sportsmanlike) – Yannick Riendeau, Drummondville Voltigeurs
Hap Emmis Memorial Trophy (Outstanding Goaltender) – Marco Cousineau, Drummondville Voltigeurs
2009 MasterCard Memorial Cup All-Star Team
Forward – Taylor Hall, Windsor Spitfires
Forward – Jamie Benn, Kelowna Rockets
Forward – Patrice Cormier, Rimouski Oceanic
Defence – Ryan Ellis, Windsor Spitfires
Defence – Tyler Myers, Kelowna Rockets
Goaltender – Marco Cousineau, Drummondville Voltigeurs