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Canadian hope in the spotlight

Canadian hope in the spotlight

Charlottetown Islanders forward Cedric Desroisseau was named Thursday as the recipient of the Michel Briere Trophy, awarded to the most important player on his team in the Quebec Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season.

The winner defeated teammate Colton Ellis and Val d’Or Fours captain, Jacob Pelletier.

Desruisseaux scored 42 goals and 36 assists for 78 points in 40 games during the regular season, leading his team to a 35-5-0 record and topping the overall standings. He also led the League Cup winner Jean Bellevue with a rating of +46 and put his name on the score sheet in 39 matches. Last month, he signed a one-year contract with Laval Rocket, the Montreal Canadiens’ MLS school club.

Having played for Rimouski Osijanek in the previous three seasons, Ellis won 23 out of 24 goal decisions. The goalkeeper scored a save rate of 0.926 and 1.78 goals against average, the best in league history. St. Louis Blues prospect signed his first professional deal in March.

Finally, Pelletier totaled 43 points, including 13 goals, in just 28 games. His club also held a 28-3-4 record. The Calgary Flames member competed in the World Junior Hockey Championship, and contributed to the silver medal for Canada.

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