Desharnais and Dubuc win TELUS player of the week awards

By League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, February 19, 2007 – Chicoutimi Saguenéens forward David Desharnais and St. John’s Fog Devils defenseman Maxime Dubuc today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from February 12 to 18.

In only two games, Desharnais recorded two goals and four assists. Moreover, he had a hand in 6 of the team’s 8 goals to help the Saguenéens register two important wins. Last Friday, Desharnais collected four points in a 4-3 victory over the Océanic while earning first star honours. Then on Saturday, the feisty forward had a goal and an assist to help his team defeat the Remparts 4-2. Over the course of the game, Desharnais was stellar in the face-off circle, winning 21 of 28 draws. He is seventh in the scoring race with a total of 92 points.

David Perron (3-3-6) of the MAINEiacs, Michael Frolik (4-5-9) of the Océanic and Danick Bouchard (4-4-8) of the Cataractes were also considered.

The defensive player of the week award goes to Maxime Dubuc. In four games, the 18 year-old defenseman registered one goal and four assists while maintaining a +7 differential for the surging Fog Devils. He played his best game of the week against the Cataractes last Wednesday as he notched two helpers and maintained a +3 differential in a 9-5 win. "In the absence of defensemen Luke Gallant and Pat O’Keefe due to injuries, Dubuc has been a key element of our defensive brigade," noted Fog Devils head coach Réal Paiement.

Goaltenders Jean-Christophe Blanchard (2-1-0; 156 MIN; 2.30 GAA; .939 SAV %) of the Tigres and Antoine Lafleur (2-1-0; 185 MIN; 2.59 GAA; .924 SAV %) of the Rocket as well as defenseman Jean-Philippe Paquet (1-5-6; +3) of the Drakkar were also considered.

Source: QMJHL – Karl Jahnke