Drouin named player of the year, Ducharme top coach at CHL awards

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Andrew Rankin - Metro Halifax

Halifax Mooseheads forward Jonathan Drouin poses with the CHL Player of the Year trophy on Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon.

Jonathan Drouin can add Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year to his list of accolades this season.

The Mooseheads forward beat out Plymouth Whalers’ Vince Trocheck and Adam Lowry of the Swift Current Broncos to win the coveted trophy at the CHL awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon in Saskatoon.

“I’m really proud of what I did this year and I want to make it better by winning the Memorial Cup,” said Drouin.

The 18-year-old is the first player to win the award in his first draft eligible year since Sidney Crosby accomplished the feat in 2005 with the Rimouski Oceanic.

Drouin’s 105 points in just 49 regular season games helped earn him the QMJHL’s Most Valuable Player trophy and the Michael Bossy Trophy as the league’s best professional prospect in April. He also won the Paul Dumont Trophy as the league’s personality of the year.

“My expectations weren’t that high,” said Drouin. “I’ve won a lot of trophies this year and it’s been a great year and my teammates deserve a lot of credit as well as the coaching staff and our GM.”

Mooseheads head coach Dominique Ducharme won the Brian Killrea Coach of the Year title after guiding the Herd to a CHL best 58-win season. He was also named the QMJHL coach of the year in April.

“I’m representing the team, starting with our players who come in every day and are really focused and have a mindset to get better and that makes it easy to work with them,” said Ducharme.

With the Mooseheads scheduled to battle the Portland Winterhawks for the Memorial Cup title on Sunday, Ducharme said he’s sole focus is on winning a national championship.

OTHER AWARD WINNERS

Top Prospect of the Year: The Portland Winterhawks’ Seth Jones beat out Drouin for the title.

Sportsman of the Year: Tyler Graovac (Belleville Bulls)

Top Scorer of the Year: Brendan Leipsic and Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks)

Humanitarian of the Year: Mooseheads’ fan favourite Konrad Abeltshauser was up for the award but the title went to Ben Fanelli of the Kitchener Rangers.

Scholastic Player of the Year: Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)

Rookie of the Year: Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Goaltender of the Year: Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)

Defenceman of the Year: Ryan Sproul (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Organizations: Canadian Hockey League Player, Belleville Bulls, Kitchener Rangers Prince Albert

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Portland, Red Deer Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

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