BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, March 27, 2006 (QMJHL) – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the winners of the offensive, defensive and rookie player of the month awards for March, 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 March, tallying fourteen goals and eleven assists, good for twenty-five points in only nine games. His best performance came against the Rimouski Océanic on the final day of the regular season as he collected eleven points, one short of the League record held by André Savard (12). Even though his consecutive game points streak ended at 50, he still managed to finish the season as the League’s top scorer with 152 points.
Other players considered for the award were Stanislav Lascek of Chicoutimi, Philippe Dupuis of Moncton and Olivier Latendresse of Val-d’Or.
The defensive player of the month award winner is Alexandre Vincent of Chicoutimi. The Saguenéens goaltender had an excellent showing in March, winning the four games in which he appeared in, while allowing only five goals. He maintained a 1.23 goals-against-average as well as a .962 save percentage. Vincent helped Chicoutimi make an impressive end of the season run. The Saguenéens finished second in the Western division standings with 106 points.
Defensemen Keith Yandle of Moncton and Jules Melanson of Drummondville as well as goaltender Gabriel Bouthillette of Acadie-Bathurst were also considered.
Among rookies, forward Claude Giroux of the Olympiques took home the prize. During the month of March, Giroux was involved in 17 of the team’s 25 goals. He posted solid numbers with two goals and fifteen helpers. His best game came against the Drummondville Voltigeurs as he tallied six points in a 7-4 win. His performances enabled the team to clinch fourth place in the Western division standings with a total of 87 points.
The finalists for the rookie honour were Mathieu Perreault of Acadie-Bathurst, Ivan Vishnevskiy of Rouyn-Noranda and Jhase Snidernan of Moncton.
Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke