Nicolas Savoie best defensive player of the Remparts
Chosen as the best defensive player in the Remparts during the last campaign, defender Nicolas Savoie won the Gaétan-Duchesne trophy on Tuesday. In his second campaign with the team, the 17-year-old hockey player from Dieppe, New Brunswick, collected 15 assists in 51 games and posted a differential of -8. He succeeded Andrew Coxhead, who has won the trophy in the past two seasons.
“I am very honored to have won this honor and I thank the members of management for having selected me,” said Savoie in a press release. “If I won this trophy, it is also thanks to the work done by all the other defenders of our young defensive brigade. Special thanks are extended to Darien Kielb, our 20-year-old defender, who has proven to be a true leader for us. We have all benefited from his experience and I am very grateful to him.
“We were ready to start the playoffs with you and we will be ready for the next season. I look forward to seeing you again. I would like to take this opportunity for supporters for their support during the past season. It was cut short for the reasons we know, but it was the right thing to do. ”
Fourth round pick of the Red Devils (65 th overall) in the 2018 Entry Draft, Savoie has made the jump to the QMJHL after first training camp in Quebec.
Awarded for the first time at the end of the 2007-2008 campaign, the Gaétan-Duchesne trophy, an ex-color holder (1979 to 1982) and ex-coach of the Remparts (2000 to 2002), rewards the player – a forward or a defender – having demonstrated the best defensive qualities. After his junior career, Duchesne played for 14 seasons in the National League with the Washington Capitals, Quebec Nordiques, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers. He has always been recognized for his defensive play. He died suddenly in 2007.
Besides Savoie and Coxhead, the other Gaétan-Duchesne trophy recipients were: Olivier Garneau (2016-2017), Alexandre Sills (2015-2016), Kurt Etchegary (2014-2015 and 2012-2013), Francis Lambert-Lemay (2013 -2014), Frédérick Roy (2011-2012), Alex Wall (2010-2011), Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (2009-2010), Mikaël Tam (2008-2009) and Marc-Olivier Vallerand (2007-2008).
The QMJHL also announced its finalists for the Émile-Bouchard trophy, which rewards the best defensive back. Justin Bergeron of the Rimouski Océanic is nominated. The list also includes Jordan Spencer (Moncton Wildcats) and William Villeneuve (Saint John Sea Dogs).
Winner of the Memorial Cup with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies at the end of the 2018-2019 season, Bergeron amassed 24 points in 32 games with the Huskies this year before being traded to the Océanic during the holiday season . He won at Rimouski by amassing 18 points in 25 games and maintaining a +21 rating.
The QMJHL also announced its finalists for the Ron-Lapointe trophy for the head coach par excellence. Three coaches are fighting for the title: Serge Beausoleil (Océanic), Steve Hartley (Voltigeurs de Drummondville) and Stéphane Julien (Phoenix de Sherbrooke).
In his ninth campaign behind the rimouskoise training bench, Beausoleil led his troop to fourth place in the Eastern Association. The Océanic had a record of 38-18-4-4.