MONTREAL – Charlottetown Islanders defenseman Lucas Cormier has won the mile-Bouchard Trophy, awarded for excellence to a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League defenseman.
Cormier defeated his teammate Noah Laoan in the ballot, as well as Jordan Spence of the Val-d’Or Fours.
Picked by the Vegas Golden Knights last October, Cormier has scored 16 goals this season in addition to adding 38 assists in just 39 games. The New Brunswick skater also maintained a plus-35 during the previous campaign.
Laoan, winner of the Kevin–Lowe Trophy awarded to the circuit’s top defensive defender, scored a plus-33 margin, good for fourth place in the league. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native also scored nearly one point per game, or 38 in 39 games.
Traded to the Forces from the Moncton Wildcats by trade deadline, Spence was a major contributor to the success of the President’s Cup finalist, who received the trophy last season. The Los Angeles Kings prospect has compiled 40 points from 32 games this season, including 24 points from 19 games with their new club.
The honor is named in honor of Emil “Butch” Bouchard, a former Montreal Canadiens defender and member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Between 1941 and 1956, he won four Stanley Cups and was voted into the NHL All-Star teams on four occasions.