BOUCHERVILLE, Thursday, March 2, 2006 (QMJHL) – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the winners of the offensive, defensive and rookie player of the month awards for February, following a list of candidates submitted by the eighteen QMJHL teams. A League mandated committee is responsible for picking the monthly winners.
The offensive player of the month is Alexander Radulov of the Quebec Remparts. The forward had quite a showing in February, tallying twelve goals and nineteen assists, good for thirty-one points in thirteen games. Furthermore, he was a very healthy +14 (plus/minus). During the last four weeks, he scored four game-winning goals as well as registered one five point game – against the Wildcats in Moncton on February 19. Remarkably, he has collected at least one point in his last 43 contests. Radulov sits atop the QMJHL scoring lead with 127 points.
Other players considered for the award were Alexandre Picard-Hooper of Baie-Comeau, Derick Brassard of Drummondville and Alex Bourret of Shawinigan.
The defensive player of the month award winner is Patrick Coulombe of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens. The 5’9”, 172 lb defenseman is third among blue-liners in scoring and had a very impressive month of February. During that span, he scored seven goals, including three on the power-play, and assisted on thirteen others in ten games, while maintaining a +5 (plus/minus). Coulombe also registered a six point game against Rimouski (2 goals & 4 assists). Finally, he collected the game-winning goal in another contest versus the Océanic.
Defensemen Kristopher Letang of Val-d’Or and Marc-Édouard Vlasic of Quebec as well as goaltender Ondrej Pavelec were also considered.
Among rookies, goalkeeper Ondrej Pavelec takes home the hardware. The 18 year-old Cape Breton backstop offered a solid contribution in net, winning seven of his nine start, while maintaining a 2.11 goals-against-average and a .938 save percentage. He also was credited with a shutout. His performances have enabled the Screaming Eagles to stay in third place in the Eastern division standings, eight points ahead of the fourth place Lewiston MAINEiacs. His twenty-five wins are good for the fifth spot among goaltenders this year and his .928 save percentage leads the QMJHL.
The finalists for the rookie honour were forwards Angelo Esposito of Quebec and Claude Giroux of Gatineau as well as goaltender Pierre-Alexandre Marion of Drummondville.
Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke