BOUCHERVILLE, Thursday, November 2, 2006 – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the winners of the offensive, defensive and rookie of the month awards for October. The players were chosen by a League mandated committee.
The offensive player of the month is Viatcheslav Trukhno of the Gatineau Olympiques. The forward had quite a showing in October, tallying nine goals and twenty-three assists in twelve contests. Furthermore, he was a healthy +8 (plus/minus). The Olympiques are seated in second place in the Western division standings, two points behind the Shawinigan Cataractes.
The other players considered were forwards Brent Aubin (17-14-31) of Quebec, Danick Bouchard (18-11-29) of Shawinigan and Cam Fergus (9-18-27) of Cape Breton.
The defensive player of the month award winner is Oskars Bartulis of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. Bartulis posted impressive numbers: eight goals, including four on the power-play, and thirteen assists, while maintaining a +8 (plus/minus) differential. The Screaming Eagles currently sit in first place in the Eastern division standings thanks to a five-game winning streak.
Goaltender Kevin Desfossés (7-2; 531 MIN; 2.93 GAA; .911 SAV %) of Quebec and defensemen Mathieu Carle (3-14-17; +5) of Acadie-Bathurst and Chad Denny (4-8-12; +9) of Lewiston were also considered.
Among the rookies, forward Jakub Voracek of the Mooseheads takes home the hardware. The Halifax sniper collected six goals, including two game-winners, as well as twelve helpers in eleven games, while maintaining a +2 (plus/minus) differential. He leads his rookie class in scoring with twenty-five points in seventeen contests.
Forward Roman Bashkirov (11-6-17) of Quebec, defenseman Keven Dupont (2-3-5; +10) of Baie-Comeau, as well as goaltender Kevin Poulin (2-1; 223 MIN; 2.68 GAA; .912 SAV %) of Victoriaville were also considered.
Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke