Sheppard, Letang and Brennan win QMJHL player of the month awards

By League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Thursday, March 1, 2007 – The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced the winners of the offensive, defensive and rookie player of the month awards for February. The players were chosen by a committee mandated by the League.

James Sheppard of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles earns the nod on offence. Sheppard had quite a showing over the last four weeks as he registered seven goals, including two game-winners, and added sixteen assists in ten games while maintaining a very impressive +16 differential. Moreover, two of his goals came on the powerplay. Sheppard’s offensive outburst has helped him climb to thirteenth place in the overall scoring race with 86 points. The Minnesota Wild’s 2006 first round draft pick has helped the Screaming Eagles take over the number two spot in the overall standings.

Geoff Walker (8-15-23) of the Rocket, Jonathan Duchesneau (8-17-25) of the Voltigeurs and Martin Bartos (8-13-21) of the Titan were also considered.

The defensive player of the month is Val-d’Or Foreurs defenseman Kristopher Letang. The Val-d’Or defender scored four goals, including two game-winners, and assisted on eleven others in ten games. Moreover, he recorded one shorthanded goal and maintained a +7 differential. Over the past four weeks, the Foreurs have been sensational, winning eight of ten games to take a sizeable lead in the TELUS division standings.

Ondrej Pavelec (7-2-0; 537 MIN; 1.79 GAA; .931 SAV %) and Jean-Claude Sawyer (6-9-15; +10) of the Screaming Eagles as well as Mathieu Bolduc (1-6-7; +9) of the Saguenéens were also under consideration.

Among the rookies, defenseman T.J. Brennan of the St. John’s Fog Devils takes home the hardware. Brennan has been a key component of the Fog Devils’ defensive corps. During the month of February, he scored seven goals, including two game-winners, and added four helpers in eleven contests. Furthermore, he notched two powerplay goals and maintained a +7 differential. The Fog Devils trail the Mooseheads by only five points in the Eastern division standings. They also have a game in hand.

Michael Frolik (8-9-17) of the Océanic, Peter Delmas (7-3-0; 609 MIN; 3.15 GAA; .886 SAV %) of the MAINEiacs and Roman Bashkirov (8-7-15) of the Remparts were also considered.

Source: QMJHL – D.D. & Karl Jahnke