For Immediate Release
April 8th, 2015
Moncton NB – The 2015 Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Golden Puck Awards took place tonight in Montreal, Quebec. The Moncton Wildcats are proud to announce that two influential players were honored and awarded at this years gala.
After a record-breaking season, Alex Dubeau was recognized, along with Philippe Cadorette of Baie-Comeau, for most career shutouts with 16. Alex was also named QMJHL Social Media Star of the Year courtesy of the Wildcat fans support in voting for him.
Conor Garland was awarded the Michel-Brière Trophy making him the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in the league this season. Others considered for this trophy were Nikolaj Ehlers of Halifax and Danick Martel of Blainville-Boisbriand. Conor was also honoured with the Jean Béliveau Trophy, which is given to the top regular season scorer in the QMJHL and was selected to the 1st Team All Star.
Head Coach, Darren Rumble is happy for his players,”I am thrilled for both Conor and Alex. They are both exceptional players and even better people! These awards are well deserved.”
Roger Shannon, Director of Hockey Operations had great things to say about both of these accomplished players. In reference to Alex he said, ”Nobody is more deserving of a special award such as this as Alex is. His QMJHL career has been one for the ages. Alex was fortunate to be one of the players that won a Memorial Cup in his career, and has anchored the Moncton Wildcats for 3 full seasons.”
When speaking about Conor, Roger said, “Conor is one of those players that comes along every 20 years, a special player who provides his fans every game with something to cheer about. His 129 points was an amazing accomplishment individually and provided the Wildcats the opportunity to soar to the top of the league. He is a real inspiration to all the young players in New England to take a real serious look at the QMJHL as one of their options.”
Alex Dubeau is thankful for his long QMJHL career and to his entire support system on and off the ice. In regards to being recognized for most career shutouts he said, “I am very honoured and privileged to receive this honour. Without the support of the people surrounding me for 3 years in Moncton, none of the records and wins would’ve been possible. I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to join such an amazing organization. From the President, the coaches, the trainers, past and present teammates, my extraordinary billet family, my family and without a doubt, the Wildcats fans who knew so well how to support me even in difficult times; I thank you. To be included in the team’s records is a privilege. I feel a lot of emotions thinking about the time when I’ll have to leave Moncton and the LHJMQ. I did my very best in diverse circumstances and I guarantee you this journey will have a special place in my heart. It was an honour to have participated and been a part of everything. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!”
In reference to the MVP accolade, Conor Garland was quick to give credit to his team, “Although this is a personal award, it feels like more of a group award as i’m just accepting this on behalf of a team that had an MVP-like season. I’m thankful to be a part of such a great group of guys as we continue to pursue our #1 goal. Thank you to my billets, the fans, the coaches, front office and Mr. Irving for a great regular season. See everybody this Friday night!”
The entire Moncton Wildcats organization would like to congratulate both Alex and Conor on their achievements and an exceptional regular season.