BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, January 1, 2007 – Baie-Comeau Drakkar forward François Bouchard and Victoriaville Tigres goaltender Jean-Christophe Blanchard were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from December 27 to 31.
In three games, Bouchard collected two goals and seven assists while maintaining a +2 (plus/minus) differential. Last Wednesday, versus the Remparts, he registered four assists in a 5-4 loss in front of 15,161 fans at Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City. Two days later, he was named the game’s first star in another 5-4 loss, this time versus the Rimouski Océanic. Finally, on Saturday, Bouchard scored his 29th goal of the season in a 6-5 win over the Remparts. The Drakkar sniper is second in the QMJHL in scoring with 80 points, only three behind league-leader Thomas Beauregard of the Titan.
Brent Aubin (4-4-8) of the Remparts, Benoît Doucet (4-3-7) of the Tigres and James Sheppard (5-0-5) of the Screaming Eagles were also considered.
The defensive player of the week award goes to Victoriaville goaltender Jean-Christophe Blanchard. In three games, he collected three wins while posting a 2.67 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. Last Wednesday, he helped the Tigres halt the Saguenéens’ seven-game winning streak by making 31 saves in a 4-3 win at home. He was also named the game’s first star. Blanchard was then stellar in back-to-back wins over the Shawinigan Cataractes, collecting second star honours in both victories. His .906 save percentage places him third among starters in the QMJHL. The Tigres sit in sixth place in the TELUS division standings, six points behind division-leading Val-d’Or.
Defensemen Marc-André Dorion (3-5-8; +2) of the Drakkar and Andrew Andricopoulos (2-5-7; +6) of the Remparts as well as goaltender Pier-Olivier Pelletier (2-1-0; 179 MIN; 2.00 MBA; .927 %EFF) of the Voltigeurs were also considered.
Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke