Champagne and Riopel earn TELUS player of the week awards

By League Press Release

BOUCHERVILLE, Monday, March 16, 2009 – P.E.I. Rocket forward Joël Champagne and Moncton Wildcats goatlender Nicola Riopel today were named the TELUS offensive and defensive players of the week for the period extending from March 9 to 15.

Champagne collected three goals, including a game-winner, and added five assists to help the Rocket earn five out of a possible six points in the standings. Furthermore, he posted a +6 rating. The P.E.I. forward had his best game of the week on Tuesday, registering five points in a 7-5 victory over the Mooseheads.

Luca Cunti (Océanic), Louis-Marc Aubry (Junior) and David Cliche (Tigres) were also considered.

Backstop Nicola Riopel is the award-winner on defence. The outstanding goaltender helped the Wildcats earn three wins over division rivals Saint John, Acadie-Bathurst and Cape Breton. He posted a 1.33 goals-against-average and .943 save percentage during that span. Finally, he established a league record after recording the lowest goals-against-average in QMJHL history (2.01).

Brandon Gormley (Wildcats), Jean-François Bérubé (Junior) and Marc-Antoine Gélinas (Olympiques) were also strong candidates.

Source: QMJHL – D.D. & Karl Jahnke